Plenty going on today, with a new Yellow-browed Warbler in on Carr Naze during the early afternoon (AH et al), a Scaup on the Bay ponds (NCt et al), and good numbers of common migrants in the northern fields and hedges including seven Wheatears, 45 Skylarks, 37 Song Thrushes, four Chiffchaffs, 10 Siskins and 15 Goldcrests. Six Whooper Swans went south on this morning’s seawatch, at least 190 Pink-footed Geese headed in the same direction overland, while over 300 Tree Sparrows went south at the Gap among good visible migration there.

Wheatear, Top Fields (Mark Pearson)

Wheatear, Top Fields (Mark Pearson)

Ringing Week got off to a great start, with 121 birds (98 new, 23 re-traps) processed: Blackcap 2, Chiffchaff 4 (1), Goldcrest 4 (1), Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Bullfinch 9, Goldfinch 1, Chaffinch 5, Greenfinch 15, Tree Sparrow 3, Robin 7 (2), Wren 8 (3), Dunnock 4 (2), Song Thrush 4, Blackbird 4, Coal Tit 1, Long-tailed Tit 8 (6), Great Tit 4 (2), Blue Tit 13 (6), Woodpigeon 1.

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Lucy Murgatroyd)

The ringers will be in action every day this week (weather permitting) from dawn til dusk, and everyone is welcome to watch the birds being ringed and released. All details here.

Wigeon and Gadwall at the Tip (Mark Pearson)

Wigeon and Gadwall at the Tip (Mark Pearson)