September & October

Birds you are likely to see in September/October

This is the period to note last sightings of summer visitors and first sightings of winter visitors

Hirundines – Note last departing birds

– Sand Martin – look for roosts; Swallow – look for roosts; House Martin – look for gatherings

Warblers – With fewer birds singing a good time to learn a few bird songs. Note last departing birds

– Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden

Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler – resident, all records please

Wagtails – Grey Wagtails – All records please ; Pied Wagtails – record any flocks and roosts Spotted Flycatcher – all records please. Note last dates

Ducks and Geese – Time of maximum influx from the continent.

Goosander – record first sightings, numbers & sex, Gadwall, Shoveler, Tufted Duck

Inland Waders – Autumn passage is now underway

Oystercatcher – all records please, Lapwing – note flock sizes, Green Sandpiper – passage birds are present ,

Common Sandpiper – passage birds are present, Redshank – mainly passage birds, Snipe – mainly passage/ wintering birds, Golden Plover – numbers should be building up


Look out for Yellow-legged Gulls – all records please, Little Gull – keep an eye out for passage birds. Record flock sizes and species


Hobby – All records please; Sparrowhawk; Goshawk ; Common Buzzard; Hen Harrier – possible early passage birds; Marsh Harrier – all records please; Red Kite – a few wandering birds in Norfolk


– Redpoll; Linnet – note flock size Mainly on coast –passage migrants

– Whinchat, Wheatear, Redstart, Black Redstart, Pied Flycatcher

Waders– some may still be in breeding plumage
– Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Knot, Grey Plover, Turnstone, Dunlin, Ruff, Avocet, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint

Heron Species – Little Egret are now as common as Grey Heron. Also look out for the rare but increasing Great White Egret.

At Sea

– Skuas, Shearwaters, Gannet, Common Scoter, Eider, Red-breasted Merganser, Divers


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