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Thursday 15th October 2020

 A quieter day than the previous couple of days but with a cold north easterly wind.

The bushes were full of Goldcrests this morning with at least 60 spread out over the Observatory and the reserve. Mixed in with them were a couple of Chiffchaff and Firecrest and a late Willow Warbler. Thrush numbers have dropped away with only 35 Redwing, 20 Blackbirds, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Fieldfare and 2 Ring Ouzels present on site. 

Out on the Reserve a couple of Rock Pipits were on the Jetty with 2 Purple Sandpipers and 2 Turnstone. There were also 3 Wheatears out by the Tank Blocks. Vis -mig was rather limited but a Snipe, 7 Skylark, a Woodlark, 9 Swallows , 14 Redpoll, 2 Brambling and 2 Grey Wagtails headed south.

On the Sea, 4 Eider, a Teal and a Lapwing headed north and a Golden plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 17 Brent, 17 Wigeon and a Common Scoter headed south.

What was thought to be a Bulrush Wainscot is apparently a Large Wainscot with dark streaks that can occur but we were unaware of this variation but we all have to learn.

Ringing: 20 Goldcrest, 9 Redpoll, 5 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Willow Warbler