11th October 2015

Stonechat (Mark Pearson)

Stonechat at the Tip (Mark Pearson)

An easterly airflow with largely fair conditions was most notable for a Goldcrest-dominated fall of migrants which began mid to late morning and continued on and off through the day. A minimum of 250 Goldcrests arrived in the northern coastal area, along with 15 Bramblings, 170 Redwings, 60 Song Thrushes, three Ring Ouzels, 20 Robins, 13 Chiffchaffs, 17 Siskins, 15 Reed Buntings and 10 Redpolls, as well as a Yellow-browed Warbler in Top Scrub. A Short-eared Owl was along the North Cliff and several Common Buzzards were in the area.

Pintail at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Pintail at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (10th) saw a Yellow-browed Warbler in Long Lane, 25 Reed Buntings, five Ring Ouzels scattered, two Stonechats, Short-eared and Barn Owls at the Tip and two Pintail at Dams.

The ringing team’s continuing hard work in the Top Scrub has been rewarded with impressive hauls over the last two days, the stand-out being over a hundred Goldcrests trapped. Today’s totals (retraps in brackets): 113 birds – 110 new, 3 re-traps: Goldcrest 96 (1), Brambling 2, Blackcap 1, Goldfinch 2, Greenfinch 6 (1), Song Thrush 1, Blue Tit 1, Great Tit 1 (1).

Brambling, Top Scrub (Mark Pearson)

Brambling, Top Scrub (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday’s totals: 80 birds – 72 new, 8 re-traps: Goldcrest 6 (2), Meadow Pipit 2, Reed Bunting 1 (1), Chaffinch 12, Goldfinch 2, Greenfinch 30 (1), Tree Sparrow 2, Song Thrush 2, Long-tailed Tit 4, Blue Tit 5, Great Tit 4 (1), Wren 2 (3).