Census was limited due to the ringing, but still a good sign of birds starting to move our way 3 Ruff , singles of Collared Dove, Curlew Sandpiper, Redpoll and Willow Warbler rounded off the day nicely.
With the Fulmar ringing done and everybody rested the 18th promised much, a morning net session provided us with our first Pied Flycatcher of the autumn, which was joined by 5 new Willow Warblers and the long staying Chiffchaff and Robin.
Waders that showed noticeable increases in their numbers were Lapwing, rising to 216, Knot up to 144 and Snipe numbers rose to 130. The previous days Green Sandpiper and Curlew Sandpiper were still present also.
An extra 3 Willow Warblers were added in the afternoon taking the day total to 8, a female Merlin was hunting the golf course and a young male Peregrine was seen heading over the obs. The two surprise packages for the day came in the shape of a Common Tern on Gretchen and a Grey Wagtail in the irrigation ditch at Cauldhaim.
The forecast for Saturday looks very promising, so we'll be eating our Weetabix and finding those migrants!
On a side note it's the Birdfair in Rutland this week, so make sure you head over to the birds obs council stand and say hello to Kevin and Alison, you'll find them at marquee 1 stand 9. They'll be happy to answer any questions about North Ron and it's birds.
|Cormorant - George Gay|
|Gavin and Larissa ringing a Fulmar chick - Finlay Wallis|
|Grey Wagtail - George Gay|
|Merlin - George Gay|
|Pied Flycatcher - George Gay|
|Willow Warbler - George Gay|