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,
|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.