|Shag at the north end|
The first multiple arrival of Brents to the islands this autumn took place this morning (following the single bird found a week ago) as geese were seen firstly south of Middle and later between the islands at the ebb tide (above). There were 10 pale-bellied birds and another individual thought to be a dark-bellied. Four Wigeon also hung about the east hoyle tideline at the flood tide. Despite being very clear overhead in the night, 9 Goldcrests and 4 Chiffchaffs were grounded and 6 Grey and 3 Pied wagtails Wagtails flew about and a Song Thrush and Reed Bunting were noted early in the morning. The large Linnet flock that has been a feature over the last few weeks reached a new high this morning with 165 on Middle and another 40 at Little Eye. Also in the Little Eye area at the flood tide were 230 Shelduck and 256 Curlew.
Ringed: 5 Goldcrests, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Robin, 1 Wren [ 447-35 ]
(DB,JE,CJ,PSW,SRW) photos CJ