October 17th. The Dusky Warbler was seen several times again just south of the Sleeper Track. It was eventually found in a nearby mist-net, processed at the Observatory building, then released back near where it was caught. A Pallas’s Warbler, first found flying across the old saltmarsh at 3.10pm by James Siddle, it was eventually pinned down by the yacht club where is gave fleeting but good views. Also around, including birds trapped, were a Richard’s Pipit (then south), 2 Rough-legged Buzzard (which arrived separately then hunted together), 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, a Firecrest, 4 Chiffchaff, a Whitethroat, a Crossbill, a Woodcock, 2 Spotted Redshank, a Black Redstart, 6 Swallow, 2 Ring Ouzel, a Hen Harrier, 10 Sparrowhawk, 30 Tree Sparrow, 250 Fieldfare, 900 Redwing, 20 Song Thrush, 300 Goldcrest, 150 Robin, a Wheatear and 30 Brambling. On the Mere were a Jack Snipe and a Water Rail. Offshore, a Kittiwake and a Fulmar went north and a Great Skua south, while a Great Northern Diver was on the sea.
Whilst Ringing at Aylmer there were 700+ Goldcrest moving south through the dunes during the day, 80 Fieldfare, 700+ Redwing South and West during the first two hours of daylight (A further 100 were still present at dusk). Other birds included 20 Blackbird, 20 Song Thrush, 40 Robin, 20 Brambling, 12 Crossbill (A Flock of 10 West mid morning and a pair late afternoon), 15+ Kestrel and 10+ Sparrowhawk – all seemed to arrive late afternoon from the East.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Toby Collett and James Siddle, produced 57 new birds: 32 Goldcrest, a Dusky Warbler (First ringed for the Observatory!), a Firecrest, 8 Robin, a Blackcap, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Dunnock, 4 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbird and a Fieldfare; and 10 retraps: 4 Robin, a Blackcap, a Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, a Dunnock and a Great Tit.
Meanwhile at Aylmer, Mick Briggs was ringing with 314 new birds for the day, packing up just before it started raining an hour before dusk. Many thanks must go to Brian Hopkinson who paid a visit mid morning and gave an hours assistance despite him meant to be having a day bird watching! Unfortunately more than half of the nets could not be opened due to the gusting North Easterly but many of the nets where sheltered enough to produce some good catches.
The new birds were – 194 Goldcrest, 36 Redwing, 23 Robin, 22 Greenfinch, 9 Goldfinch, 6 Chaffinch, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackbird, 3 Dunnock, 3 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Brambling, 2 Blackcap a single Wren. The Eight retraps were – 3 Greenfinch, 3 Blue Tit and singles of Chaffinch and Great Tit.