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Monday, 19 September 2016

Monday 19th September 2016

A fantastic day today for bird observatory work with a nice little fall of migrants, comprising of several nice species which makes up for the quieter days recently. The weather being flat calm and cloudy.

The best of the rest came in the form of this Yellow-browed Warbler that was found early morning, but later trapped and ringed mid afternoon. This is the earliest record of this species that we hold at Landguard with the other earliest record being September 23rd 2013. Hopefully we will see another good year for this stunning species.

The fall and other birds on the move comprised of 105 Meadow Pipit, 81 Swallow, 50+ Chiffchaff, 40+ Blackcap, 29 Song Thrush, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 9 Sand Martin, 7 Jackdaw, 5 Wheatear, 5 Common Redstart, 3 House Martin, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Willow Warbler.

Sea watching was a little quieter with 6 Sandwich Tern, 5 Common Scoter, 5 Mediterranean Gull and 5 Brent Geese.

Ringing: 88 birds ringed throughout the day which include 37 Chiffchaff, 28 Blackcap, 10 Meadow Pipit, 5 Song Thrush, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Robin, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Woodpigeon and 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.