It was one of those mornings, again, where it never really got going and to blame, again, was the murk to the north 'locking down' Morecambe Bay and preventing any substantial vis. At first light the wind was a fairly keen northerly that veered quickly to the northwest with relatively clear skies.
As stated above the vis was slow this morning and included four Grey Wagtails, 26 Chaffinch, five Alba Wags, a Greenfinch, five Mistle Thrushes, five Goldfinch, seven Meadow Pipits, three Whooper Swans (the first for the obs for the autumn) and nine Carrion Crows.
There were a few grounded migrants around this morning in the form of two Blue Tits (that dropped in a la Falsterbo and then 'irrupted' and headed south), a Great Spotted Woodpecker, five Jays, seven Goldcrests and a Chiffchaff.
Whilst parked on our hillock trying to keep an eye on our nets below, skywards and out to sea, Ian picked up a Bonxie chasing a Herring Gull along the shore that brightened up our morning! The ringing was slow with a Goldcrest, a Wren and two Chaffinch ringed.
The wind is swinging round northeasterly tonight as high pressure builds over us, so surely this should bring our first Redwings in. I'll be having a listen this evening as I head out to my 'beer fridge' in the garage during the evening for the occasional beer!
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