Friday 31 October 2014

31st October 2014

Weather : SSE force 3/4, later SE force 4/5 some mist around the coast
An impressive day of Starling passage with about 1,000 crossing the island, including a single flock of 230, many flying fairly low towards the west. In contrast just a single Siskin today after the passage of the last 2 days, also 6 Chaffinches and 2 Skylarks. The first dark-bellied Brent Goose of the autumn was at the north end, it kept away from the main Brent flock at first, as they often do, it is certainly fresh in this morning. 
Three Rock Pipits were logged, also 4 Pied Wagtails, 1 Blackbird and 1 Song Thrush. Ducks have been strangely hard to come by this last few weeks (apart from Scoter), today a single Wigeon was logged.
Ringed: 1 Chaffinch              [ 933-37 ]
(DB,KMc+SD) also visitors Dave Steele and his ex WEA class, who we again thank for their generous donation.           photo courtesy of Manu Santa-Cruz 

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