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Monday, 19 October 2015

Monday 19th October 2015


Heavy cloud once again and a calm breeze from the North brought a rather productive day to the observatory today with plenty going on.

New migrants today included c.49 Blackbird, c.24 Redwing, c.20 Song Thrush, 4 Fieldfare, c.40 Robin, c.50 Goldcrest, 1 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 57 Goldfinch, 49 Brambling, 22 Redpoll, 20 Siskin, 5 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Tree Sparrow, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 17 Skylark, 9 Pied Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 42 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 18 Greenfinch, 15 Linnet, 11 Chaffinch, 2 Great Grey Shrike, 57 Swallow, 2 Wheatear and 1 Common Buzzard.

Sea watching produced 9 Brent Geese, 7 Cormorant, 5 Common Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Snipe and 1 Oystercatcher.

Not just one but two Great Grey Shrikes turned up this morning, seen to fly in-off the sea and slowly head off inland and onto pastures new. A record Autumn so far with four records, so far..

Ringing: 82 birds ringed throughout the day from dawn until dusk which included 25 Goldcrest, 20 Blackbird, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Robin, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Redwing, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Brambling.