Sunday, October 17, 2010

In from the east

Just spent a productive week at Buckton, ringed an amazing total of 716 new birds and witnessed the third major fall of the autumn with Robins, Chiffchaffs and thrushes predominating. Highlights included finding four Richard's Pipits, these being the 2nd-5th site records and a new patch bird for me with two together on October 14th, a now resident flock of 16 Lapland Buntings and 6 Ring Ouzels.
Ringing wise, Robin (86), Goldcrest (78), Long-tailed Tit (27), Brambling (32), Redwing (36), Song Thrush (52), Chiffchaff (34), Goldfinch (94) and Reed Bunting (91). More interestingly, a possible halimodendri (central Asian) Lesser Whitethroat, an 'eastern' chiffchaff and yet another Scandinavian control, a Chiffchaff with a Norwegian ring. (Richard's Pipit pic Clive McKay)

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