French ringed Goldfinch

15th April 2011 – overcast/early mizzle/calm
Diurnal Migration
A noticeable late passage of Meadow Pipit involved 60 birds and 10 alba Wagtail were logged.
Grounded Migrants
Very similar conditions to yesterday but a few more birds were in evidence. At least 21 Willow Warbler were grounded, including the first wave of females, along with 4 Wheatear and 4 Blackcap while 2 Lesser Redpoll were amongst a further influx of Goldfinch.
A flock of newly arrived Goldfinch mid-morning included a bird bearing a French ring – the first control of a foreign ringed Goldfinch for the observatory, although a bird ringed on the island on 18th September 2006 was recovered at Cerisy Buleux, Somme, FRANCE (564km SE) on 24th December 2008.