Black Redstart leads sightings

27th October 2011 – overcast SE3/2/1
Grounded Migrants
Grounded birds were headlined by a splendid male Black Redstart and early morning thrushes involved 44 Blackbird, 14 Song Thrush, 26 Redwing, 7 Fieldfare and 2 Mistle Thrush. Additional sightings included 9 Goldcrest, 6 Blackcap, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A few birds remain on the move with 210 Starling, 110 Jackdaw, 100 Goldfinch, 32 Chaffinch, 30 Greenfinch, 10 Meadow Pipit, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 8 Tree Sparrow and 3 Rock Pipit logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 70 pale-bellied birds and 4 Shoveler and 3 Pintail were seen. Waders included 5500 Oystercatcher and 1000 Golden Plover.
The two Short-eared Owl hunted over the island early morning and at least 2 Water Rail were present. The current round of high tides saw 15 Rock Pipit flushed from the salt marsh.
Another good day saw a total of 70 birds ringed involving Goldfinch (30), Greenfinch (14), Lesser Redpoll (7), Chaffinch (7), Goldcrest (4), Blackbird (2), Song Thrush (2), Tree Sparrow (2), House Sparrow (1) Linnet (1).
Satellite, Silver Y and Angle Shades were attracted to the moth trap overnight.