Sunday 17th

There was cloud this morning but it did not increase the number of birds in the bushes. There were thirty new birds half of which were Goldfinches. There were also two more Lesser Redpolls and a Brambling.

Saturday 16th

A cool, clear, start meant the temperature dropped for the first hour and there was even a bit of frost- certainly no cloud as some had implied. The calm made up for the clear and 69 birds were ringed with another 22 Goldfinches leading the way. Blackbirds (10) and Chiffchaff (16) also made it to double figures. The highlights of the new birds were the first Lesser Redpolls (3) and Reed Buntings (2) of the year. The best bird was already sporting a ring from the Stavanger ringing scheme, an adult female Blackbird.

Friday 15th

More reasonable conditions but it would appear there is only light overnight migration going on. The thought is that this is due to poor productivity this nesting season although there is still a faint hope things could improve due to the lateness of the season, as the small flocks of Swallows hint at. Today was rescued by 22 new Goldfinches. Otherwise seven Blackbirds, six Blackcaps, five Chiffchaffs, two Robins and a Great Tit were ringed.

Wednesday 13th

Cool and calm to start with and it would seem that most migrants have moved on with only 18 new birds caught. They were two Robins, one Blackbird, three Song Thrushes, two Blackcaps, five Chiffchaffs, one Goldcrest, one Blue Tit and three Chaffinches.

The last occupied House Martin nest was quiet mid-morning, hopefully they have fledged rather than failed.

Tuesday 12th

More reasonable conditions for ringing and 52 birds were ringed. Chiffchaff just pipped Blackcap 22 v 21. Two Redwing appeared late morning probably the precursors of the arrival later in the afternoon.

Monday 11th

The normal pattern for the wind is to start low and pick up from mid-morning but today there was a intermittent early breeze which actually fell away, and there was no fog. Fifty-eight birds were ringed and 17 retrapped. Blackcap continued to lead the way with 21 followed closely by 20 Chiffchaffs. The others were a Green Woodpecker, two Robins, two Blackbirds, singles of Song Thrush, Redwing, Firecrest, Great Tit, Magpie, and House Sparrow, plus three each of Chaffinch and Goldfinch. Despite the number of Magpies around this is the first to be ringed for two years.

Sunday 10th

Despite thick fog welcoming the team 48 birds were ringed. Most surprising was another new Kestrel. There was also a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Redwing.

Saturday 9th

Although the sky cleared and it sounded quieter first thing there was still a good mix of new birds with 64 ringed. Robins were new in with 11 ringed. Also new were two Blackbirds, three Song Thrushes, a Redwing, 20 Blackcaps, 20 Chiffchaffs, two Goldcrests, a Firecrest, two Blue Tits, a Great Tit and a Chaffinch. There is still no sign of any Redpolls.

Friday 8th

Although ‘Nocmig’ monitoring showed hundreds of Redwing and Song Thrushes coming lower due to the cloud and light rain they did not hang around. There was a slight increase in thrushes ringed but surprisingly no Song Thrushes. A total of 52 birds were ringed including five Robins, six Blackbirds, a Redwing, 11 Blackcaps, 21 Chiffchaffs, four Great Tits and a Blue Tit. Of more note were two Greenfinches and a late Reed Warbler that was still in post-juvenile moult.

Thursday 7th

At last a great, calm, morning and we could do some ringing. It was a typical autumn catch of 46 birds (20 Blackcaps, 19 Chiffchaffs, two Blackbirds, a single Wren, Robin, Song Thrush and Blue Tit). Best of all was the first Brambling of the year. Quite clearly a lot of the birds which had been hanging around for the last few, windy, days took the opportunity to move on.

Wednesday 6th

We are still here but so is the wind. Another day when it was not suitable to catch birds. It did give time however for the fallen tree to be removed from the net rides.

Saturday 2nd                                                                                                                                                                                    

A calm start to the day, ahead of the approaching storm, found plenty of migrants in the bushes. Before the storm started winding up mid-morning 109 birds were ringed. This consisted of one Blackbird, 64 Blackcaps, 40 Chiffchaffs, and singles of Firecrest, Great Tit, Jay and a Goldfinch. All the birds seemed in good condition with plenty of fat Blackcaps.