Saturday, 26 October 2013

26th October 2013

A short visit before the high tide was rewarding with a flock of 8 Eiders ( 2 males & 6 female / 1st winter types) seen flying past the north end and down the west side. Brent numbers are up to 77 with a single Dark-bellied amongst them. 
A female Kestrel was busy hunting at the south end and evidence from photos (to be posted) later showed it to be the ringed individual controlled earlier this autumn.
There was a small passage of birds overhead with Skylarks, Grey Wagtail and a Chaffinch being recorded. There was also a small passage of Meadow Pipits through the morning. The only other birds of note were 3 Little Egret in the gutter and an increase in the number of Redshank. 
Two new Blackbirds were ringed and one of the island born juveniles ringed earlier in the year was retrapped.       [ 685-32 ]

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