Its the time of year again when the rapidly ending days and work ensure that far to many wildlife spectacles are available but only on the red button. There have been a number of localish highlights with sightings of whinchat, tufted duck, Mediterranean gull and even a ring necked parakeet. The last of these is highly unusual locally and it is unclear if recent Norfolk sightings are escapees or a spread of birds from their traditional London home lands.
For those prepared to travel a little further the main draw has been a lesser yellowlegs at Breydon Water. This is a rare vagrant with an average of only 10 sightings in the UK a year and when you consider that it should be wintering in the West indies or South America its easy to see why it is so rare in the mudflats off Great Yarmouth.
Much more locally and fully in keeping with the Autumn watch theme there have been plenty of flocks of redwings and fieldfares feasting on berries and in a recent trip round the west Hethersett loop there were just a few of the local specialties including my favourites the barnacle geese.