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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Saturday 15th October 2016


Thick, heavy and dense cloud with small amounts of moisture in the air overnight and into this morning produced a small arrival of new migrants to the observatory and a few moving southwards.

These included 65 Chaffinch, 60 Starling, 50 Robin, 42 Goldfinch, 38 Meadow Pipit, 30 Song Thrush. 20 Blackbird, 18 Redwing, 16 Skylark, 15 Goldcrest, 14 Swallow, 12 Greenfinch, 11 Blackcap, 9 Siskin, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Brambling, 4 Reed Bunting, 3 Fieldfare, 3 Firecrest, 2 Wheatear, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Lapwing, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Woodlark, 1 Rock Pipit and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Sea watching produced 24 Wigeon, 11 Brent Geese, 3 Cormorant, 2 Gannet, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe and 1 Purple Sandpiper.

It's always good to get an addition to the moth list but when it comes in the form of Common Clothes Moth, Tineola bisselliella, it is not going to get anyone's pulse racing.

Ringing: 72 birds ringed throughout the day including 17 Robin, 11 Blackcap, 10 Chaffinch, 10 Song Thrush, 4 Goldcrest, 4 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 3 Wren, 3 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Great Tit, 1 Dunnock and 1 Woodpigeon.