First Song Thrush of the autumn

27th September 2011 – overcast S3/4
A quick check over the sea (0700-0730) produced just small numbers of Razorbill, Gannet, Common Scoter, Guillemot, Red-throated Diver and Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Newly grounded birds included 12 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff and single Blackcap and Song Thrush.
Diurnal Migration
Sightings included: 180 Meadow Pipit, 140 Starling, 100 Chaffinch, 55 Greenfinch, 30 Swallow, 22 alba Wagtail, 20 Skylark, 12 House Martin, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Grey Wagtail and a Siskin.
It appears to be a poor autumn for several species with Robin and Goldcrest currently well below expectant levels and an almost compete dearth of Stonechat reflects the effect of the series of harsh winters.
A Migrant Hawker was seen.