Saturday 27th September 2014

A quiet couple of days for notable grounded migrants and also on the sea, but flyovers made the headlines today with not one but two Hawfinches north-west at Hunmanby Gap (KC) this morning as well as three Corn Buntings through, 30 Little Gulls offshore, and six Common Buzzards over the same area later. The Hawfinches are the first this year of a less-than-annual species locally. Primrose Valley held eight Goldcrests and four Coal Tits with the growing feeding flocks, while the Glen also hosted four Goldcrests and three Coal Tits.

The ringing team continue their impressive autumn with no less than 93 birds trapped this morning in the Top Scrub. The Chiffchaff (pictured) bore a Norwegian ring – details to follow. Full counts (retraps in brackets):

Chiffchaff (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Chiffchaff (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Willow Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 3 (2), Goldcrest 3 (1), Yellowhammer 1, Reed Bunting 1, Blackcap 2, Greenfinch 18, Chaffinch 5, Goldfinch 1, Bullfinch (2), Long-tailed Tit 4, Coal Tit 4, Blue Tit 19 (3), Great Tit 3, Dunnock 12, Wren 1, Blackbird 2, Robin 3 (1), Sparrowhawk (1).

Yellowhammer (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Yellowhammer (Lucy Murgatroyd)