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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Tuesday 4th October 2016


A strong easterly wind has been blowing for the last 24 hours and today it showed exactly what this direction of wind can bring in the form of eastern migrants.

We've never featured Wren on the blog before, so here you are.

Migrants moving through, on the nature reserve and at the observatory include 60 Robin, 30 Goldcrest, 25 Song Thrush, 25 Swallow, 20 Chiffchaff, 18 Goldfinch, 10 Chaffinch, 10 Blackbird, 9 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 7 Rock Pipit, 5 Blackcap, 3 Wheatear, 3 Redwing, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Brambling, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Peregrine Falcon and 1 Sparrowhawk.

Sea watching was rather entertaining throughout the day with totals of 2,864 Brent Geese, 660 Wigeon, 195 Teal, 131 Black-headed Gull, 31 Common Gull, 18 Gannet, 16 Pintail, 7 Eider, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Cormorant, 5 Common Scoter, 4 Dunlin, 4 Arctic Skua, 4 Gadwall, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Pomarine Skua, 2 Shelduck, 2 Golden Plover, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Leach's Petrel, 1 Guillemot, 1 Lapwing, 1 Common Tern, 1 Turnstone and 1 Shoveler.

At least one, probably two Yellow-browed Warblers were on-site on and off throughout the day and possible the Great Grey Shrike was seen albeit briefly mid afternoon.

Ringing: 88 birds ringed from dawn until dusk which include 43 Robin, 16 Goldcrest, 11 Chiffchaff, 9 Song Thrush, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Blackbird, 2 Blackcap, 1 Wren and 1 Grey Wagtail.