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Monday, 5 September 2016

Monday 5th September 2016

Persistent thick and heavy cloud with a few drizzly showers made for a decent day of observatory work with a good selection of birds on offer, both on land and moving through.

Migrants on the warbler front were very quiet. These came in the form of 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Chiffchaff.

Others involved birds such as 15 Goldfinch, 12 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Wheatear, 7 Meadow Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail, 3 Sand Martin, 1 Common Redstart, 1 Tree Pipit and 1 Hobby.

A decent number of Pied Wagtails are seen daily on the nature reserve. This individual was part of the 21 seen.

The sea was a little busy with totals of 78 Teal, 25 Great-Black Backed Gull, 18 Sanderling, 7 Barnacle Geese, 6 Common Scoter, 5 Ringed Plover, 5 Sandwich Tern, 5 Grey Plover, 3 Dunlin, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Knot, 2 Turnstone, 1 Common Gull, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Fulmar.

Feathered Brindle is a nationally scarce species that comes out in the Autumn.

Ringing: 12 birds ringed today which include 3 Blackcap, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Robin, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Common Redstart.