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Thursday, 24 March 2016

Thursday 24th March 2016


Thick and heavy cloud overnight and through into this morning here at the Observatory, produced a pretty noticeable fall of thrushes, with many grounded at dawn. Estimations of around 1,000 Redwing were made, along with c.15 Fieldfare, c.30 Blackbird and c.8 Song Thrush. Good numbers for here, of Redwing were ringed, (above).

Migrants of other note were 5 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 4 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Woodcock, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rook, 6 Siskin, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Woodlark, 1 Skylark, 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Other new migrants on the move out to sea consisted of 2 Grey Heron, 83 Brent Geese, 6 Greylag Geese, 8 Cormorant, 7 Shelduck, 2 Mallard, 1 Wigeon, 21 Oystercatcher, 6 Avocet, 2 Dunlin, 1 Curlew and 1 Common Gull.

Ringing: 34 birds ringed this morning including 20 Redwing, 7 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Starling, 1 Firecrest and 1 Great Tit.