Having had fairly productive visible migration watch at Long Nab yesterday (Mediterranean Gull and Great Northern Diver being the main highlights), I decided to have another look this morning. Goldfinches have been passing through in good numbers in recent days and so it continued today with an excellent 496 logged heading south. The site record vis mig count was set only last weekend when Nick had 467 pass south on 29th September, so it was pleasing to break it again so soon! Small numbers of other finches, (including Siskin, Redpoll, Linnet and Greenfinch) were also on the move, but no significant numbers of these species. On the sea the first Black-throated Diver of the autumn headed north, whilst an Arctic Tern was feeding with Kittiwakes and Black-headed Gulls offshore.
The bushes were pretty quiet, with just a Blackcap and a couple of Chiffs present, so I decided that a check of the stubble field was in order and here I found a fairly confiding Snow Bunting, which is also the first of the autumn. Always a joy to see this gem of a species.
Freelance ornithologist and tour leader based in Scarborough, N Yorkshire.