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Friday 16th October 2020


A light north easterly this morning with a small arrival of Goldcrest and Thrushes.

In the bushes this morning were several groups of Goldcrest, a group of 6 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and a Firecrest. Thrush wise there were about 40 new in Blackbirds, 40 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare and 2 Ring Ouzels. A few finches dropped including a Brambling and 10 Chaffinches.

On the reserve in the fenced off area a group of 30 Pied Wagtails and 25 Meadow Pipits were feeding in the permanent enclosure. A male Redstart was feeding along the fence line next to the cottage, along with a Lapland Bunting which was briefly feeding in the vegetation. A single Wheatear was still by the Tank Blocks. Out by the Jetty, 2 Rock Pipits, 7 Turnstone and 3 Purple Sandpipers were foraging on the seaweed.

Vis-mig was rather limited but 4 Grey Wagtails, 10 Redpolls and a Grey Heron headed south and a Marsh Harrier,4 Swallows and 12 Siskins headed north. A Jackdaw came in off the sea and had features of the subspecies 'soemmerringii' but is more likely to be the nominate subspecies 'monedula' as opposed to UK breeders which are of the race Corvus monedula spermologus.

On the sea a Razorbill sat offshore slowly drifting north. The Cormorants were still on the move with 2233 heading out and east this morning. Heading north were 2 Eider, a Curlew and a Bonxie and heading south were 85 Brent, 2 Wigeon and 2 Red-throated Divers.

Rusty-dot Pearl is a fairly regular migrant here late in the season.

 Ringing: 25 Goldcrest, 14 Blackbird, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Great Tit, 1 Redwing, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Robin, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Wren