Saturday 22 September 2012

22nd September 2012

An immature male Stonechat (left) became the first of its kind to be ringed this year when it found itself in the 'heli' trap after touring the island for a while. Other visitors today on a clear morning with a very light easterly and lovely autumn sunshine included a male Blackcap, about 10 Goldcrests, 2 Chiffchaffs and a few Robins which have been arriving in small numbers this last couple of days. Two Skylarks passed overhead, a single Redpoll called in flight and about 20 Meadow Pipits flitted about the grassy places. Extra Swallows to the breeding birds with family joined them hawking about, while a Wheatear was again on the west side. The Knot flock was up to 2,000 again and rested on the 'whaleback' until disturbed to othe parts at the north end. Two Little Egrets moved about early in the morning. Following the Grey Squirrel on the island on 9th Sept, another was on the shore today west of Middle and seemed to be making towards Red Rocks, presumably from where it came.
Ringed:- 5 Goldcrests, 3 Robins, 1 Stonechat,1 Chiffchaff, 1 Wren, 1 Meadow Pipit.   [ 968-30 ]

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