Isabelline Shrike, Beeston Common, 11th October
At least 15 Siskins flew over while I was here as well as 1-2 Redpolls and a couple of Bramblings. At least 2 Bramblings also stopped to feed in a nearby Rowan.
Brambling, Beeston Common, 11th October
My intention had been to spend just a short time looking at the Shrike before heading elsewhere to find my own migrants. I ended up spending far longer there than planned so had little time left to find my own rares. I did have a look round East Runton though, but apart from another Brambling and a few Goldcrests I pretty much drew a blank.
In the week that followed I got a few birds at home or in my lunch breaks, though nothing to shout about. Home produced Grey Wagtail, several Redwings and, on the evening of 12th October, a Snipe heard flying over the garden. The latter was my 71st bird species for the house so bringing my North Elmham house list up to the same as my old Bawdeswell house list, but in much less time (14 months here, about 8 years at Bawdeswell).
2-3 lunch breaks were spent at Thornham where the only migrants I found were common species like Blackcap, Redwings and Goldcrests. Also heard a Water Rail there and saw Kingfishers twice.