Monday 14 October 2019

14th October 2019

Weather: SE force 3, mostly cloudy
There was no sign of yesterdays Yellow-browed Warbler but the Firecrest was still there, mostly feeding quietly in the old obs garden and later appearing in the shrubs in the new obs garden.

A couple of Song Thrushes, 2 Redwings and a Blackbird were around, the Song Thrushes became the first ringed this year apart from a single in January.

Extra Wrens were definitely present but only 3 Goldcrests this morning, less than yesterday, and no Chiffchaffs, although vis mig was good with 13 Chaffinches, 21 Skylarks, 3 Starlings, a Reed Bunting and nearly a hundred Meadow Pipits moving, some coming down with the 5 Rock Pipits, 3 of which were ringed following the 2 yesterday.
The Brent have increased markedly over the last 24 hours or so with 123 counted this morning.
A brief look at the sea surprisingly revealed a Bonxie flying away from the observers, probably it had been resting at the north end.

 A Great Crested Grebe was close in off the whaleback.
 At high tide the Oystercathcer roost was bigger than of late with 7,000 birds present, also 7 Little Egrets and 62 Turnstone, previously 54 Bar-tailed Godwits were feeding on the north shore tide with 80 Sanderling. A Raven was on Middle after the tide and received attention from the local Carrion Crows.

The Magpie continues to skulk about the island.
Ringed: 4 Wrens, 3 Rock Pipits, 3 Meadow Pipits, 2 Song Thrushes, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Robin. [ 734-35 ]
photos CJ, SRW

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