Oct 13th-14th Gib

October 14th. Fairly strong north-easterly wind, with several brief spells of light rain.
The Dusky Warbler was briefly seen several times in East Dunes. A Great Grey Shrike appeared in the north of the reserve. Other birds around included 2 Brambling. Heading north were 2 Whooper Swan, then south a single Whooper Swan. Goldcrests continued to pour through the dunes for much of the day with one seasoned recorder estimating 2000 Goldcrest present on the reserve for the day!
A long but weather-restricted ringing session in East Dunes produced 208 new birds: 163 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 16 Robin, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Goldfinch, a Reed Bunting, 8 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing and 6 Blackbird; and 3 retraps: 2 Song Thrush and a Blackcap.

October 13th. Fairly strong north-easterly wind.
A Dusky Warbler was discovered in East Dunes in the afternoon. Around, including birds trapped, were the Great Grey Shrike, a Firecrest, 3 Brambling and 160+ Redwing. At sea 4 Great Skua and 15 Auk Sp flew south, 85 Gannet, 4 Sandwich Tern, 5 Kittiwake and 40 Common Scoter flew north, and a probable Storm Petrel was seen briefly.
A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 32 new birds: 16 Goldcrest, 5 Blackcap, 2 Robin, 3 Redwing and 6 Song Thrush; and 9 retraps: a Wren, 2 Blackcap, 3 Robin, a Song Thrush, a Goldcrest and a Siskin.


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