After a couple more days of awful weather our only record of note in the last 48hrs is a Sandwich Tern in Longis Bay. It was great to get out this morning to ring at one of our primary sites Mannez quarry. The east and north-east winds simply do not penetrate this site and migrant birds quickly find this sheltered location. Opening the nets at 0630 we put up a couple of Woodcock and our first net round found 2 Woodcocks, a first winter bird and an adult in the nets. Flocks of Redwing 10 to 30 strong dropped into the quarry throughout the morning, flying over the quarry we had a flock of 35 Fieldfare and about 50 Chaffinches.

New birds ringed: Woodcock 2, Redwing 28, Song Thrush  7, Blackbird 2, Wren 3, Robin 1, Firecrest 2, Goldcrest 1 and Chiffchaff 1.


Woodcocks Mannez quarry – on the left as you look at the photo is the (more ginger in overall colour) juvenile, the grayer adult on the right.