Dec 152011

For those of you who joined our recent coach trip to WWT Welney, the BTO’s report of an influx of cranes may be of interest,

Crane influx
An exceptional number of Cranes arrived in Britain and Ireland last month. A flock of 15 in Cork, Ireland on 12th November increased to 33 by 19th, 27 were in Cornwall on 13th, and 24 in Hampshire and Devon on 17th. A flock of 19 birds remained in Cork until 21st; two days later 19 flew over the Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire and Welney – perhaps the same birds?
Although a few singletons reached Scotland, with records from Dumfries and Galloway, Angus and Aberdeenshire, the majority of sightings were from southern England and southwest Ireland. The last time there was a late autumn influx of comparable magnitude was way back in November 1963, when up to 300 individuals appeared on the south coast of England.