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Saturday, 8 October 2016

Saturday 8th October 2016


Bit of drizzle and a belt of rain today was not ideal but at least the wind had eased. Another dose of new birds in today as evidenced by the ringing figures. Worth a mention were 30 Robin, 20 Song Thrush, 20 Swallow, 15 Wren, 6 Blackcap, 6 Chaffinch, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Wheatear, 4 Brambling, 3 Redwing, 3 Ring Ouzel, 2 Rock Pipit & Short-eared Owl. It's always interesting to speculate as to where new Wrens come from. The species is largely sedentary in this country although some populations contain individuals that wander widely in the autumn. Offshore southerly movements included 197 Wigeon, 150 Brent, 10 Teal, 7 Pintail & Black-throated Diver with northerly bound 6 Eider, Grey Plover & Grey Heron. 6 Sandwich Terns loitered off the estuary mouth for a while.

44 birds ringed: 6 Song Thrush, 6 Robin, 6 Blackcap, 6 Wren,  5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackbird, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 1 Redwing, 1 Ring Ouzel