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October 2019 at Gramborough

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October 2019 at Gramborough

The almost relentless south-westerlies continued, tossing the Sycamores about and yielding no Yellow-broweds for the second year running. A miscellany of thrushes was just about the only benefit of a brief switch to the north-east.

The last Wasp Spider was seen early on 5th, before 6 hours of the heaviest rain. R.I.P.

Then, on 10th, the utterly bizarre sighting of a Bittern (momentarily, thought to be the ears of a Hare) ‘hiding’ in the grass by the main brambles. This was flushed by an idiot togger (Me !), when it revealed in its flight towards the Quags that some of its left wing was missing. Was this the one seen in the last week further W in Salthouse, or one that had just flopped in from the North Sea ?

Stripily related to the Bittern, on 14th, a surprise Jack Snipe flew up and away from the ‘Bowl’ - the semi-circular area surrounded by trees, at the eastern side of the Hill.

No Siskins at the time of the record count at a nearby site. The postulation is that their habitual ‘line’ is over the Ridge. Then, on 17th, some finally went over.

On 23rd, I was hoogely excited to glimpse a brownish bird with RED on its throat. This coincided with the immensely harrowing tail of a Rubythroat in Herts. At least it retained most of it ! My bird, tho’, was just a Robin. I hadn’t had one at the site for 3 whole days !

On 28th, a slightly surprising find was an Angle Shades moth discreetly posed in the shade, on and in some Alexanders (thanks, Francis).

Towards the end of the month, I peered constantly at the tops of the conifers and where the Rowan berries had been, pining in vain for a Grosbeak !
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31: 2♂♂ 1♀ Stonechats, Dunnock, Wren.
30: Hen Harrier ringtail ↑W, Redwing, ♂♀ Stonechats, Blue Tit, Dunnock, Wren.
29: Snow Bunting ↑W, ♂♀ Stonechats, Dunnock, Wren. 2 Little Auks (other observer ).
28: 2 Lapland Buntings ↑W, Chaffinch (unusual to find perched here: on brambles, briefly; then ↑W), Snow Bunting ↑W, ♂♀ Stonechats, 2 Blue Tits, Dunnock, Wren. Little Auk ↑E (via RBA).
27: Snow Bunting, ♂♀ Stonechats, Blue Tit, Dunnock, Wren.
26: [Rugger, then rain.]
25: Robin, ♂♀ Stonechats, Blue Tit, Dunnock, 2 Wrens.
24: Robin, ♂♀ Stonechats, Blue Tit, Dunnock, Wren.
23: flava Wagtail ↑W (1115h), 4 Blackbirds, Song Thrush, 6 Redwings, Robin, ♂♀ Stonechats, Blue Tit, 2 Dunnocks (1 in partial song), 2 Wrens.
22: Black Redstart (fem-type; sunrise only), ♂ Blackcap, Snow Bunting, ♂♀ Stonechats, Blue Tit, Dunnock, Wren.
21: Short-eared Owl, Goldcrest, ♂♀ Stonechats, Dunnock, Wren. (Snow Bunting - via RBA.)
20: ♀ Stonechat, Robin, Dunnock, Wren.
19: ♀ Stonechat, 2 Blue Tits, Dunnock, Wren.
18: [a Norwich day]
17: Yellowhammer, 8-c30 Siskins over (foy; possibly ↑W), ♀ Stonechat, 2 Blue Tits, Robin, Dunnock, Wren.
16: Yellowhammer ↑E (foy), 2 Robins, ♂ Stonechat, Dunnock, Wren.
15: Short-eared Owl ↑W, 2 Chiffchaffs (inc. a pale, possible Sibe that was impossible to ‘pin down’ ! Thanks to the visitor who alerted us to this bird.), 8 Bramblings ↑S (foa), 4 Blackbirds, 3 Song Thrushes, Fieldfare, c8 Robins, 2 Dunnocks, ♂ Stonechat, 3 Wrens. (Ring Ouzel ↑S - RBA.)
14: JACK SNIPE flushed and ↑E from Bowl. (1st for body of Hill.) ♂ Stonechat, 2 Robins, Dunnock, 2-3 Wrens.
13: ♂ Redstart, 2 Grey Wagtails (1↑W), 3 Robins, 2 Dunnocks, Wren.
12: Dunnock, Robin, Wren.
11: [hors de combat]
10: ***BITTERN*** (1st for site) flushed & flew towards Kelling Quags, Dunnock, Robin, 2 Blue Tits, Wren. (2-3 Snow Buntings - other observers.)
9: Dunnock. (Whinchat - via RBA.)
8: Great White Egret, ♀ Blackcap, Robin, Dunnock, 2 Blue Tits, Wren.
7: 2 Redstarts (♀-type), ♀ Blackcap, Wheatear, Goldcrest, 2 Robins, Dunnock, 2 Blue Tits, 2 Wrens.
6: Short-eared Owl flushed & ↑W, Blackbirds (foa), Fieldfare (foa), Redwings, Song Thrushes, Redstart (♀-type), Goldcrest (foa), 3+ Robins. (♂ RING OUZEL - foa, via RBA.)
5: Redstart (♀-type), Robin (foa), 2 Song Thrushes, ♂♀ Stonechats, Dunnock, Blue Tit, Wren. (Short-eared Owl - via RBA.)
4: 2 Swallows ↑W, ♂ Blackcap, Wheatear, ♂♀ Stonechats, 2 Blue Tits, Wren.
3: 2 Dunnocks, Chiffchaff, 3 Blue Tits, 2 Wrens.
2: Wren. (Woodlark - via CBC.)
1: 2 Blue Tits, Wheatear. (Wren - other observer.)
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