Today marks my earliest ever sighting of brambling so it doesn’t seem that I’ll beat that one, from Dunwich Heath last century. Doesn’t it sound impressive when you say ‘last century’? I could even claim last millenium.
Regardless, the occasion inspired me to create a table of my early and late dates for our wintering visitors and yer tis:
Species Name Early Date Late Date Velvet Scoter 15-Sep 26-Mar Pink-footed Goose 17-Sep 29-Apr Whooper Swan 24-Sep 16-Apr Brent Goose 27-Sep 23-Mar Purple Sandpiper 1-Oct 26-Apr Redwing 8-Oct 16-Apr Fieldfare 13-Oct 3-Apr Snow Bunting 14-Oct 6-Mar Brambling 15-Oct 21-Apr Short-eared Owl 17-Oct 22-Feb Long-tailed Duck 19-Oct 19-Apr Great Northern Diver 28-Oct 17-Mar White-fronted Goose 29-Oct 15-Mar Waxwing 12-Nov 15-Jan Bewick's Swan 13-Nov 7-Feb Bean Goose 14-Nov 15-Jan Red-necked Grebe 26-Nov 15-Feb Water Pipit 29-Nov 6-Mar Smew 15-Dec 11-Apr