Saturday 3rd October 2015

Our day started with a visit to Landguard Point where several Yellow-browed Warblers had been recently seen. The brambles held Lesser Whitethroat and tamarisks held good numbers of GOLDCRESTS and CHIFFCHAFFS plus BLACKCAPS, SONG THRUSHES and our first REDWINGS of the autumn.

Despite a thorough search of the area, we couldn’t find any Yellow-browed Warblers so decided to head northwards to Thorpeness for a second crack at the cherry!

On our arrival we once again noted large numbers of GOLDCREST and CHIFFCHAFF plus more BLACKCAPS. A scan over the fields produced eight COMMON BUZZARDS plus a RED KITE which moved off northwards and was a good record for the area.

We moved into the main area and eventually could hear a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER calling and got a glimpse of it as it flew out of the trees and disappeared!

For a change of scenery, we moved to nearby Sizewell and here had excellent views of two BLACK REDSTARTS within the power station compound plus several CHIFFCHAFF. After some refreshments in the café, we ended the day in an area to the south where it was pretty quiet with the exception of GOLDCRESTS.

On the sea, we found a flock of COMMON SCOTER plus a few DARK-BELLIED BRENT GEESE moving south which concluded a good but frustrating day.