Sunday, 6 October 2013

6th October 2013

Weather:- WNW force 4, 16 degrees by noon
Some insect activity with 2 Migrant Hawker dragonflies, 6 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Peacock and 2 Red Admiral butterflies, also several Small and Large Whites.
The observatory hosted an advertised general public visit and bird ringing demonstration during the day, and although as expected there were not many migrants, we were able to show some ringing and talk about our work at the observatory. Two Wheatears a Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest were on the ground and flyover movement included 36 Skylarks, 4 Starlings, 2 Pied and a Grey Wagtail and a passage of well over a hundred Meadow Pipits during the day. Most Sandwich Terns have now departed south but a single was logged today. At high tide 2,500 Dunlin were recorded with 5 Guillemots and 4 Common Scoters on the sea.
Ringed :- 1 Wren, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Meadow Pipit.  [ 626-32 ]

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