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Monday, 26 October 2015

Monday 26th October 2015


At this time of year, any wind direction from the east can provide rather decent autumnal birding, scarcities and rarities and today was exactly one of those days with a good arrival of migrants of our Scandinavian variety.

Dawn broke and it was evident that there had been a decent fall over night as today produced 150+ Goldcrest, 3 Firecrest, 1 Pallas's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, c.30 Blackbird, 16 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, c.25 Robin, 40 Goldfinch, 35 Greenfinch, 22 Chaffinch, 18 Linnet, 8 Brambling, 6 Redpoll, 2 Siskin, 11 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Black Redstart, 2 Woodcock, 2 Coal Tit (continental race).

A stunning Pallas's Warbler turned up in a net mid morning and showed on and off throughout the day. The last one was ringed way back in 2008 at the observatory so a very welcome visitor.

Sea watching produced 150 Brent Geese, 10 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 5 Turnstone, 1+ Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Great Skua.

Ringing: 152 birds were ringed during the day from dawn until dusk which included 115 Goldcrest, 10 Blackbird, 8 Robin, 3 Firecrest, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Brambling, 1 Redwing, 1 Woodcock and 1 Pallas's Warbler.