4th October 2015

A day of lingering high pressure and light winds on which the main feature was undoubtedly the influx of new Yellow-browed Warblers into the Country Park area (mo), with the ringing team responsible for the lion’s share in Top Scrub (with three trapped), several un-trapped birds there, and further singles in Arndale and Church Ravine. An exact count is difficult to ascertain, but an absolute minimum of seven birds were involved.

(Lesser) Redpoll (Lucy Murgatroyd)

(Lesser) Redpoll (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Other notables included a Jack Snipe at Gristhorpe Bay (JH),  a late Wheatear at the Tip, Bramblings at the Dams and Top Scrub, a handful of Redwings, Siskins numbering at least 76 (with 20 in the Dams / East Lea area and 46 south at the Gap), 12 Little Gulls and six Swallows past the Gap, and single Grey and Golden Plovers over Carr Naze.

The ringing team’s sterling efforts of late have resulted in an excellent total for the week of 263 birds. Today’s haul was 63 (59 new, 4 re-traps): Yellow-browed Warbler 3, Chiffchaff 2, Goldcrest 4 (1), Blackcap 3, Meadow Pipit 3, Siskin 2, Lesser Redpoll 4, Goldfinch 4, Chaffinch 4, Greenfinch 17, Tree Sparrow 2, Blue Tit 2, Robin 1, Blackbird 1, Dunnock 6 (2), Wren 1 (1).

Yesterday (3rd) saw 44 birds trapped (39 new, 5 re-traps): Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 1 (1), Reed Bunting 1, Lesser Redpoll 3, Meadow Pipit 6, Goldfinch 4, Chaffinch 3, Greenfinch 13 (1), Coal Tit 1, Blue Tit 1, Great Tit 1, Robin 1 (2), Blackbird 1 (1), Dunnock 1, Wren 1 (1).

Yellow-browed Warbler (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Yellow-browed Warbler (Lucy Murgatroyd)