A somewhat better result today for George, ringing at the Observatory resulted in 43 Birds processed including 30 New birds and 13 Retraps.
The catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (1/0) Wren, (2/6) Dunnock, (0/1) Robin, (2/0) Wheatear, (3/0) Lesser Whitethroat, (1/2) Whitethroat, (6/3) Blackcap, (5/0) Chiffchaff, (1/0) Willow Warbler, (5/0) Goldcrest, (1/1) Blue Tit, (1/0) Magpie, (1/0) Linnet and (1/0) Reed Bunting.
The two Wheatears were just the fifth and sixth ringed this year, it is surprising just how few Wheatears we ring when you consider that many hundreds must pass through the reserve during an average year. They just don't seem to often be found in areas where we have nets set up. So well done to George for these two today.
It was another good morning for overhead migration of pipits, finches and hirundines etc. Also offshore, good numbers of Gannets, Sandwich Terns, Artic Skuas and Gull were moving South - the highlight though was an Adult Sabines Gull moving slowly South.
Also reported on the 21st September 2011 were -
x1 Sabine's Gull
x1 Short Eared Owl
x2 Yellow Wagtail
x5 Lesser Redpoll