Weather: SE force 1, later NE 2 misty
Very misty conditions gave hope of a good day but things started quietly with a few Willow Warblers scattered around and the continuation of the run of Snipe records which are usually early in the day and today was no different, 6 were seen or heard over the island. A couple of Whitethroats and a pair of Blackcaps had arrived and a Sedge Warbler was trapped for ringing.
At this time in the autumn we are looking forward to the appearance of the first Goldcrests on migration, and it seemed the first had arrived when a brief call was heard in the paddocks. The culprit was very mobile and elusive however and it was a little while before it showed itself to be a Firecrest. It remained hard to see and photograph and lots of time was spent in trying to obtain good shots. It eventually settled in the old obs garden.
A few Grey Wagtails passed over and the early Purple Sandpiper is still with us. Another on another immature Black Tern was on the sea following the one 2 days ago, always a good bird to see.
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