Monday, 8 October 2012

8th October 2012

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting
Things looked more hopeful with the wind back in the east and a period of drizzle soon after dawn, and so it proved with about 10 Blackbirds, 5 Goldcrests, a Chaffinch and a Reed Bunting on the ground. The Reed Bunting hung around all morning before being trapped and ringed. Overhead 2 Siskins were heard and small parties of Starlings inspected the island, a single Skylark came in low and another 5 flew over in a group. Robins seemed everywhere but there were probably only 8 or so showing conspicuously as Robins do. 
A Merlin flew low over the sea on the west side, a regular autumn/winter visitor, a Common Snipe was noted briefly to the east of the island and a Rock Pipit at the north end.

The Brent are so many now that they are becoming difficult to count especially when scattered in many places but the flock of Knot was down to a few dozen today. Three Little Egrets were again off the east side.
Ringed:- 3 Goldcrests, 2 Blackbirds, 2 Wrens, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Robin, 1 Meadow Pipit.   [ 999-31 ]
 (CJ et al)       photos  CJ

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