I was on my own this morning, as Ian went to another part of the recording area, and I just put up three nets that I hoped would be best for 'tape luring' diurnal migrants. There wasn't too much evidence of grounded migrants this morning other than a few Robins, Dunnocks, a Tree Sparrow and the Reed Warbler that I trapped later in the morning.
The vis got going almost straight away and it was dominated by Meadow Pipits. My totals included 723 Meadow Pipits, six Grey Wagtails, three Woodpigeons, a Linnet, three Sparrowhawks, four Goldfinch, 172 Pink-footed Geese, a Chaffinch, 127 Swallows, 15 Greenfinch, ten Alba Wagtails, five House Martins, three Skylarks, and a Reed Bunting.
I processed a total of 24 birds as follows (recaptures in brackets):
Robin - 2 (1)
Meadow Pipit - 14
Greenfinch - 5
Reed Warbler - 1
Wren - 1
Some of the Meadow Pipits that I trapped were quite long winged, with one individual being very long winged, and I wondered whether they were of Icelandic origin. I had three birds with a wing length of 83 mm, one of 84 mm and one of 88 mm!
The weather synopsis is looking interesting over the next couple of days with some strong easterlies forecast. There has been quite an influx of Yellow-browed Warblers and Red-breasted Flycatchers on the east coast and northern isles and it is likely that some of them will make it over here!