Wednesday 20 March 2019

Migrants in the mist

A decent day which could have been even better with a dawn start.  Arrival about 0900 saw quite a few long-winged Blackbirds, prompting a couple of mist nets

These produced an amazing (for here in spring) ten migrant Robin as well as 14 more predictable Goldcrest and a few migrant female Chaffinch.  A single Siskin was unusual and a couple of Chiffchaff include a bird with pollen on its forehead

In the meantime coastal coverage produced 178 Meadow Pipit grounded on Ocean Edge and 55 on the heliport in the murk with single Wheatear at Red Nab.

Twite - one North
Sand Martin - one North over sea
Meadow Pipit - c50 on vis mig in addition to grounded birds
Pied Wagtail - c20 on vis mig but only about 5 grounded
Pale-bellied Brent - 25 incoming tide but no sign dropping tide
Chiffchaff - at least three
Goldcrest - 20-25 at least
Blackbird - 20-30 Moneyclose lane and reserve
Linnet - one North
Siskin - one ringed
Wheatear - Male Red Nab
Eider - c400 low tide
Great crested Grebe - 2
Green Woodpecker - usual noisy mobile status

Moths comprised: common plume, Hebrew character, Common Quaker, clouded drab, early grey, shoulder stripe

Some of the 400 Eider