Disappointing month draws to a close

31st August 2017 – early rain and thunder clearing to sunny spells
A few Sandwich Tern were again offshore.
Grounded Migrants
A male Redstart was the pick of the newly grounded birds which also included 12 Wheatear, 8 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first Pintail of the autumn was amongst 37 Teal and waders included 4 Greenshank and a Ruff.
Immigrants included several Rusty Dot Pearl.
A disappointing month saw just 45 birds ringed of 15 species – the worst August total in the Observatory’s history. Individual species totals were as follows : House Sparrow 23, Greenfinch 4, Willow Warbler 3, Chiffchaff 2, Dunnock 2, Goldfinch 2, Sparrowhawk 1, Woodpigeon 1, Wren 1, Robin 1, Blackbird 1, Song Thrush 1, Garden Warbler 1, Goldcrest 1 and Blue Tit 1