22nd September 2014

Another day, another star bird, with plenty of quality back-up. Today’s pick was a Great Shearwater which flew north at 0720 this morning (JS, CW), with a Long-tailed Skua and a Balearic Shearwater this evening (MJP). Other counts of note included another flock of Pink-footed Geese (57, after yesterday’s first of the autumn), 48 Little Gulls, 16 Sooty and 48 Manx Shearwaters, and a good total of 81 Barnacle Geese south (in flocks of 18, 39 & 24).

Herring Gull (and bar snack) (Mark Pearson)

Herring Gull (and bar snack) (Mark Pearson)

Passerines included two unringed Yellow-browed Warblers in the Top Scrub (JH, MJP) (thus one was ‘new’), a Snow Bunting in off the sea this evening (the first of the year), a good scattering of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, four Redstarts, a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the Rocket Pole Field and 12 Goldcrests. Three White Wagtails (as well as three Yellow Wagtails) in with the increasing Pied Wagtail flocks on the Country Park were an unusual autumn record.

Some of today's southbound Barnacle Geese (Mark Pearson)

Some of today’s southbound Barnacle Geese (Mark Pearson)

The ringers were in action in Parish Wood this morning, catching (retraps in brackets): Redstart 1, Chiffchaff 2, Goldfinch 4, Bullfinch 2, Robin 2, Wren 4, Great Tit 6, Blue Tit 9 (1), Blackbird 3 (1), Dunnock 4 (1).

Redstart (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Redstart (Lucy Murgatroyd)

The results of the latest mammal trapping sessions at the Dams can be found here.