17th October 2014

Today was generally quiet but for good migration this morning at Hunmanby Gap, which included three Whooper Swans, three Velvet Scoters and 366 Tree Sparrows through (full counts at trektellen.org). Yesterday (16th) saw a decent arrival of birds in the northern coastal area during and after the morning showers, with a Jack Snipe, 620 Redwings, four Ring Ouzels, 60 Fieldfares, a Stonechat, 35 Goldcrests, 20 Robins, 25 Blackbirds, 15 Blackcaps, five Chiffchaffs and 10 Siskins, as well as a close fly-by from a Hen Harrier at the Dams (MD, LD et al), and a Ring Ouzel at Hunmanby Gap. A Yellow-browed Warbler was reported to the news services.

Hen Harrier (Les Day)

Hen Harrier (Les Day)

Ringing Week ended early today due to poor forecasts for the weekend, but not without a good catches on both days. Of most interest was a Chiffchaff trapped yesterday morning showing features suggestive of tristis (more to follow), with the following also processed:

Today: Chiffchaff 2 (1), Goldcrest 1 (1), Wren 2 (2), Redwing 12, Song Thrush 2, Blackbird 7 (2), Dunnock 5 (2), Robin 3 (3), Tree Sparrow 8, Blackcap 2, Chaffinch 7 (1), Goldfinch 3, Greenfinch 5 (1), Coal Tit 4, Great Tit 3, Blue Tit 2 (2), Long-tailed Tit 18.

16th: Jay 1, Redwing 13, Song Thrush 8, Blackbird 6, Blackcap 10, Robin 7 (2), Greenfinch 5, Goldfinch 2, Chaffinch 1, Chiffchaff 2, Goldcrest 13, Wren 3, Long-tailed Tit 17 (2), Blue Tit 5, Woodpiegon 1.

Hen Harrier (Mike Day)

Hen Harrier (Mike Day)

A very satisfactory total of 453 birds were ringed during the week – thanks to all involved and we’ll see you again next year.