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Thursday, 6 October 2016

Thursday 6th October 2016


The easterly winds continued to produce for us today throughout the whole day with a great deal of birds on offer and several rather nice examples, including a real rarity.

The best of the rest came in the form of this Siberian Stonechat, (above) and this looks likely to be the Stejneger's race from the far East. A very rare bird indeed. It was later trapped and ringed in the afternoon after being found mid morning.

A Radde's Warbler was seen albeit briefly in the morning but no further sign during the day.

Other migrants include 50 Robin, 40 Goldcrest, 20 Song Thrush, 15 Redwing, 11 Meadow Pipit, 10 Blackbird, 10 Blackcap, 8 Goldfinch, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Brambling, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Common Stonechat, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Peregrine Falcon and 1 Woodcock.

Sea watching produced 263 Brent Geese, 92 Wigeon, 39 Black-headed Gull, 23 Teal, 13 Mute Swan, 7 Cormorant, 4 Shelduck, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern. 1 Common Tern, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Red-throated Diver and 1 Golden Plover.

Ringing: 93 birds ringed throughout the day which include 32 Robin, 28 Goldcrest, 9 Blackcap, 9 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackbird, 2 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 1 Brambling, 1 Chaffinch and 1 Siberian Stonechat (Stejneger's).