Saturday, 5 October 2013

A large clear out of migrants overnight left few around the island today, although there was still the odd scarcity about. A single Yellow-browed Warbler was very vocal around Cristin garden in the morning, where a Reed Bunting was trapped soon after- the first to be caught this year. An excellent total of 70 Goldcrests was recorded during the day, with 35 trapped and ringed. A Grasshopper Warbler, eight Blackcaps and two Willow Warblers were also seen.
Raptors for the day included a Merlin, two Kestrels and two Sparrowhawks.

Goldcrests- male on the right and female on the left. (c) Steve Stansfield
this smart Reed Bunting was trapped at Cristin in the early morning. (c) Steve Stansfield
This stunning Sparrowhawk was caught yesterday evening- the first of the year. 

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