East Coast Thrush movement 27th October 2009
Update 11th November
Peter Adriaens sent us a link showing the movement on Belgian radar which makes for spectacular viewing. The final tally Europe-wide tally for Fieldfare that day came to a staggering 171999 individuals!
Deliver it did, but 'only' a spectacular arrival of thrushes, with virtually no other classic late October migrants associated with the movement - where were the Goldcrests, 'eared' owls and Woodcock? Either way, it was really amazing to be in amongst it.... More Blackbirds were grounded than the other thrushes with many individuals dropping out of mixed thrush aggregations and refusing to cross the Marsh at Wells or the Harbour at Blakeney. Several Merlins hunting across both probably gave good reason.
above, and below: groups of Fieldfares dropping into the Pines on Hills (AL)
part of a large mixed flock of Fieldfares and Redwings
the only Ouzel on the deck on Hills
Fieldfares and Redwings over Near Point
Fieldfares and Redwings over the Lupins
One of two skulking Ouzel at the Hood
above and below: one of two Ouzels near Near Point
thrushes heading over the chalets
Data from Trektellen: 71,679 Fieldfare in a day in Holland... 13,955 were counted over Flamborough, with 8000 at Sunk Island 3,582 at Holme. Clearly a broad-scale East Coast movement, and not a localised event. Hundreds of thousands of Fieldfares must have been involved but was this more drift or more the en-masse arrival of British wintering birds?