September 22nd

Further reports from yesterday are of a Cuckoo at Mannez Quarry and a single flock of 34 Grey Plover amongst the roosting Oystercatchers near Fort Razz.

This Morning a male Shoveler, female Teal, 17 Mallards and 3 Snipe on Longis pond. A Grey Wagtail, Whinchat and 5 Stonechats plus superb views of a  Merlin over Longis Common. More finches around today with an increase in Goldfinches and Chaffinches apparent along with a marked increase in Great Tits and Song Thrushes.

On Longis beach this evening 1 Grey Plover, 1 Curlew 4 Dunlins and 13 Ringed Plover.

Ringing took place at Longis reserve and Essex Farm. Despite the unfavourable southerly winds there were still a few migrant warblers moving and we still managed 45 new birds in total. At Longis 2 Garden Warblers, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps and 1 Whitethroat were ringed along with a female Redstart, 3 Greenfinches, 3 Goldfinches and 2 Song Thrushes. At Essex Farm a better total included 12 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Chaffinches, 2 Goldfinches and a Song Thrush. A further 5 new Robins were ringed between the two sites.

Beyond tomorrow we are looking at a spell of at least a few days unsettled and windy weather mainly from the South and West.

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