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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Sunday 18th September 2016

The warm weather and recent rain has helped to ripen up the Blackberry crop, as this House Sparrow shows by helping himself to some before the rush to collect them begins apace.

The northerly air flow seems to have started a rush of autumn migrants, with about 50 Song Thrushes  arriving overnight, with around 140 Meadow Pipits, 4 Grey Wagtails, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a female Redstart. Also on site, 4 Wheatear and a Lapland Bunting heard calling amongst the Linnet flock as they tried to escape the attentions of a marauding Kestrel. Offshore 42 Gannets went north along with small numbers of both Brent Goose and Common Scoter, and south went 133 Wigeon, 98 Teal, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and a Peregrine.

11 birds were ringed: 4 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit and 1 Redstart.