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Monday, 31 October 2016

Monday 31st October 2016

Part of the mass of Cormorants flying out over the estuary on a glorious sunny morning. Very much a hiatus in the bird migration front with migrants that have been lingering on site having departed to be replaced by not a lot of new arrivals. Murk and mist offshore and to the north of us has prevented any sea-watching and knocked any visible migration on the head. Half a dozen Skylark & Lesser Redpoll plus a Siskin went south but that's about it. A couple of winter thrush's were noted as were singles of both Rock Pipit & Black Redstart. Mr Peregrine had a go at a pigeon to provide brief entertainment (not that the pigeon found it amusing !).

A worn immigrant White-speck is the first of it's kind to pay us a visit for five years - but considering it could have come a long way before reaching us then it will be forgiven for looking a bit worn. Oops - obviously not having a good morning as this moth is actually the second site record of the Cosmopolitan and not as originally posted above. Oh well we are all prone to errors especially with worn specimens - well that's my excuse and I am sticking to it.

9 birds ringed: 3 Chaffinch, 3 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Song Thrush.