Sunday, 6 April 2014

5th to 6th April

After the drizzle cleared early morning it was clear there were plenty of new arrivals on 5th. Fieldfares were particularly evident with at least 104 present, while there were also 4 Mistle Thrushes, 75 Blackbirds and a handful each of Redwings and Song Thrushes. It was the busiest day of the year for the ringers so far with many of 58 Robins, 20 Dunnocks and 10 Chiffchaffs (plus the thrushes) forming the majority of the 60 birds ringed at Holland gardens. There were also 3 Woodcocks, 2 Black Redstarts, the first Blackcap, Grey Wagtail and some 257 Meadow Pipits seen. The 6th was much quieter with only a fraction of the birds recorded on 5th still with us. Most of the previous days Fieldfares and many other passerines had obviously moved but 2 Sandwich Terns in Nouster Bay were new.


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