October & November


Birds to look out for in October – November

This is the period when the bulk of the winter visitors arrive. In WVBS area Redwing, Fieldfare, Golden Plover, Ducks & Geese will be the most obvious but Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Chaffinch numbers should increase with birds from the Continent. Brambling should also be coming in.

The challenge of recording the last summer visitors remains e.g. Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Swallow & House Martin are certainly possible.

Summer Visitors & Passage Migrants

1. Warblers – all records

Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler & Blackcap note last dates

2. Hirundines – Sand & House Martins & Swallows note last


Winter Visitors note first sightings and the size of any flocks

  1.     Thrushes – Redwing & Fieldfare
  2.     Waders – Lapwing, Golden Plover & Snipe
  3.     Ducks – This is the time of maximum influx from the continent for Teal, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Pochard and the first Goosander  may arrive.
  4.     Geese – Pinkfooted Geese will be flying over while the resident Greylags & Canadas will be forming post breeding flocks
  5.     Coot, Moorhen & Water Rail numbers should increase with birds from the Continent
  6.     Gulls – Large flocks will be forming wherever there is food eg behind the plough. Estimate the numbers of each species as accurately as possible (never easy!)
  7.     Finches – Brambling & Chaffinch will arrive from the Continent also may some Redpoll & Siskin. Linnet will flock. Look for them where there is plenty of seed e.g. wildbird feed strips on farms.
  8.     Raptors – Marsh Harriers tend to vacate WVBS area, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Short-eared Owl are all possible winter visitors and numbers of Kestrel &  Sparrowhawk  may be increased by an influx from the Continent. Resident Buzzard should be more visible and wandering Red Kite are a possibility.
  9.     On the Coast – Look for: Waders – Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Knot, Grey Plover, Turnstone, Dunlin, Ruff, Avocet, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint
  10.   At Sea – Skuas, Shearwaters, Gannet may pass offshore. Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Eider, Red-breasted Merganser, Long-tailed Ducks, Divers will be arriving and settling into their winter quarters.


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