Icelandic Merlin?

7th October 2012 –bright and sunny/calm
A quick check over the sea at dawn provided small numbers of Gannet, Common Scoter and Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
Still thin on the ground with 7 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff and a Blackcap the best on offer. However, a minor invasion mid-morning produced 20 Blue Tit, 9 Coal Tit and 7 Great Tit.
Diurnal Migration
Calm at last and variety was the order of the day with sightings including 945 Pink-footed Geese, 300 Meadow Pipit, 80 Swallow, 30 alba Wagtail, 24 Tree Sparrow, 20 Skylark, 14 Jackdaw, 10 Chaffinch, 10 Greenfinch, 3 Brambling, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 2 House Martin.
Wildfowl and Waders
A group of 5 Whooper Swan flew south early morning.
The best day of the autumn so far with 103 birds trapped including a female Merlin with biometric data suggesting it was of Icelandic origin (Wing length 231mm, Weight 222g).
At least 7 Little Egret remain and raptors included 2 Merlin and a Peregrine. Two Jay were unusual and the Hooded Crow remains in residence.