First Jack Snipe of the autumn

20th October 2011 – calm/early morning rain, then sunny spells W1/2/3
A quick check over the sea produced just small numbers of Kittiwake and Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
Birds grounded by the early morning rain included 80 Greenfinch, 60 Chaffinch, 20 Linnet, 18 Tree Sparrow, 10 Blue Tit, 6 Fieldfare, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling, 2 Mistle Thrush and single Redwing, Stonechat, Wheatear, Coal Tit and Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
A few birds were on the move through the morning including 500 Starling, 100 Jackdaw, 70 Pink-footed Goose, 16 Whooper Swan, 10 Meadow Pipit, 6 Siskin, 3 Rock Pipit and 2 Lesser Redpoll .
Wildfowl and Waders
The 2 Long-tailed Duck remain and waders included 16 Greenshank and the first Jack Snipe of the autumn.
At least 20 Little Egret remain along the eastern shore.
At last a day that dawned calm and despite a false start due to early morning rain the ringers again hit the century mark with 118 birds of 9 species ringed. Individual species totals involved Greenfinch (47), Chaffinch (31), Goldfinch (12), Tree Sparrow (12), Blue Tit (8), Goldcrest (4), House Sparrow (2), Brambling (1), Dunnock (1).