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Monday 12th October 2020


A slightly unusual Grey Wagtail this morning with a few white feathers behind the bill!

A still overcast morning with a few Thrushes about at first light before they headed inland.

There were at least 50 Redwing moving through the bushes this morning, with at least 8 Song Thrush, a few new in Blackbirds and 2 Fieldfares, which appeared behind the Obs at midday. Also in the bushes were at least 5 Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, a Brambling and a group of 6 Long-tailed Tits. On the reserve a Rock Pipit was on the lawn with the Meadow Pipits and 2 Wheatear were by the Tank Blocks.

There was a reasonable vis-mig with, 409 Goldfinch, 154 Redpoll, 38 Linnet, 24 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 25 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 31 Skylark, a Woodlark, 3 Reed Bunting, 29 Swallow, 2 House Martins and 4 Grey Wagtails. There were also groups of Starlings coming in off the sea with 261 counted just before midday. There was also a bit of movement on the sea with 91 Brent Geese, 62 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Dunlin and 2 Gannets heading south.

It must be nearing winter when the Dark Chestnuts appear

Ringing: 28 Lesser Redpoll, 9 Redwing, 6 Blackbird, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Brambling, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Great Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Robin, 1 Wren