Monday, 13 August 2012

13th of August: Autumn migration starting to pick up

Blakeney Point has a proud reputation for being one of the best sites on mainland Britain for witnessing autumn bird migration, and although the season has barely begun, we're already living up to our high quality standards. An easterly wind over the last few days has drifted birds across the North Sea as they move South from Scandinavia and head to wintering grounds in Africa. 

The best birds seen do far have been an Icterine Warbler this afternoon( unfortunately in a part of the reserve with no public access), and a Red-backed Shrike yesterday evening.

There have also been plenty of commoner migrants, with a dozen Pied Flycatchers today, along with a few Whinchats.

It is still very early in the season, so this is hopefully just a taster of what we have to come in the next few months.

All photos (and text): Joe Cockram

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