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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Thursday 20th October 2016


Yet another cold and windy day today. The winds are still from the North, to a certain extent stopping birds from migrating but in this weather their instinct is too strong to migrate and as a result today produced smaller numbers than previous days, as well as a real nicety.

Best of the rest came in the form of this Shorelark that was found out on the nature reserve mid morning and performed for the rest of the day.

Other birds on the move and the few that had arrived to feed up include 185 Starling, 113 Goldfinch, 34 Woodpigeon, 24 Lesser Redpoll, 21 Meadow Pipit, 20 Redwing, 20 Song Thrush, 13 Fieldfare, 12 Blackbird, 11 Chaffinch, 10 Skylark, 8 Siskin, 7 Tree Sparrow, 6 Greenfinch, 6 Swallow, 6 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 5 Grey Wagtail, 4 Brambling, 4 Reed Bunting, 3 Rock Pipit, 3 Dunnock, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Woodlark, 1 Stock Dove and 1 Ring Ouzel.

The 'blythi' Lesser Whitethroat is still here.

Sea watching produced 20 Cormorant, 13 Wigeon, 13 Brent Geese, 10 Black-headed Gull, 2 Eider, 2 Snipe, 1 Shelduck, 1 Lapwing and 1 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: 26 birds ringed this morning including 6 Robin, 5 Blackbird, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Redwing, 2 Wren, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch and 1 Dunnock.