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Thursday, 3 November 2016

Thursday 3rd November 2016


Today has been a very entertaining day, not just for visual migration but for ringing as well. Observers were kept busy until mid afternoon until the action came to a halt. The cold weather overnight and throughout the day made quite a few birds push on with their migrations.

The best of the rest came with a small arrival of thrushes from the continent. Totals are as follows - 100+ Blackbird, 45 Fieldfare, 42 Starling, 16 Redwing and 2 Song Thrush.

Other new arrivals that appeared include 53 Woodpigeon, 38 Goldfinch, 20 Linnet, 20 Robin, 14 Chaffinch, 13 Redpoll sp, 12 Greenfinch, 12 Siskin, 10 Long tailed Tit, 9 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Woodcock, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 1 Blackcap and 1 Common Buzzard.

Sea watching was very good with the best of the rest that came with 8 Little Auk (above - 2 north, 4 south and 2 sat on the sea). Other totals include 921 Cormorant, 130 Wigeon, 82 Brent Geese, 48 Teal, 45 Common Scoter, 38 Dunlin, 12 Pink footed Geese, 9 Lapwing, 5 Shelduck. 4 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Mallard, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Pintail, 1 Gannet, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Oystercatcher and 1 Red-throated Diver.

Ringing: 56 birds ringed during the day which include 37 Blackbird, 9 Long tailed Tit, 2 Mealy Redpoll, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Robin, 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Blackcap and 1 Greenfinch.