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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Wednesday 19th October 2016

The brisk north-westerly wind has slowed down the migrant activity somewhat, although there are still plenty of birds passing through, just not quite as many as there has been. Most birds were overflying with 872 Goldfinch being the most abundant, with lesser numbers of other finches on the move south including 20 Siskin, 41 Redpoll and smaller numbers of Chaffinch and Brambling + 25 Skylark, 30 Meadow Pipit, 8 Pied and 2 Grey Wagtail along with a small number of Swallow and House Martin. Offshore the highlights were 1 Long-tailed Duck north and a Marsh Harrier and Short-eared Owl south. On site the "Siberian" Lesser Whitethroat is still about along with a Firecrest, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Wheatear, a few Goldcrests and this male Eurasian Stonechat (above).

14 birds were ringed: 4 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Goldcrest, 2 each of Blackbird and Goldfinch and 1 each of Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Grey Wagtail.