Brace of Long-tailed Ducks

13th October 2011 – overcast E1/2
Grounded Migrants
Finches proved to be the order of the day with 150 Goldfinch, 100 Linnet, 50 Greenfinch and 30 Chaffinch logged along with 5 Goldcrest and single Wheatear and Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 9 adult Whooper Swan headed south – the first of the autumn, also seen were 440 Pink-footed Goose, 300 Meadow Pipit, 60 Chaffinch, 60 Skylark, 40 Greenfinch, 10 alba Wagtail, 4 Siskin, 2 Brambling, 2 Lesser Redpoll and single Mistle Thrush and Swallow .
Wildfowl and Waders
A brace of Long-tailed Duck were the pick of the wildfowl.
Another good effort by the ringing team saw 122 birds ringed of 11 species with individual totals as follows: Goldfinch (36), Greenfinch (31), Meadow Pipit (20), Chaffinch (19), House Sparrow (4), Linnet (3), Goldcrest (3), Wren (2), Robin (2), Reed Bunting (1) and Dunnock (1).
Immigrants included Silver Y and Rusty Dot Pearl.
Long-tailed Ducks.