Friday, 17 October 2008

17th October 2008

Not too many passerines today, only 3 Goldcrests, 2 Goldfinches, a Redpoll, a couple of Skylarks of note seen during the morning and a female Blackcap (left) that was ringed.
The now 'resident' Merlin (below) is still showing well to those who are patient.

With new arrivals the Pale-bellied Brent numbers suddenly leapt to 45 although before the tide they stayed well away from the island along the north shore, even further out than the 42 Bar-tailed Godwits counted there. A Mute swan made an appearance during the afternoon.

A Purple Sandpiper (left) fed with the Turnstones at the bottom of the lifeboat slipway, surely the first of the wintering birds to arrive.

(DB,CJ) All photos CJ

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