Westerly winds continued overnight all be they very light this morning but as the winds swung around to the north east things really picked up as the day went on. A Green Sandpiper left Longis reserve soon after first light and 40+ Swallows came in to drink and feed over the pond before heading off south. Finches are beginning to flock up on Longis common, small groups of Goldfinches and Linnets were present alongside a much larger flock (45-50) of Greenfinches. There has been an overnight rise in Meadow Pipits and there were also 2 Wheatear.
Ringing on Longis reserve produced 30 birds, the majority of which were caught in the net we have placed out in the open grasslands. 8 Meadow Pipits were ringed along with a sprinkling of common migrant warblers and finches
At midday a Wryneck was spotted on the fence posts at the eastern end of the airport. There were also around 20 Stonechats, 2 Whinchats, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, a Sparrowhawk 50+ Meadow Pipits and good numbers of Whitethroats in the vicinity. There was a family of 7 Grey Partridge and 12 Stock Doves in the field opposite the Geese field
There were 17 Bar tailed Godwits on Longis beach this afternoon
Robert Manzano Rubio had a Kingfisher at Longis pond and 2 Green Sandpipers at Corbletts quarry.
Paul Veron had 4 Pied Flycatchers at Mannez this afternoon and another (different) Yellow legged Gull on Crabby beach, this one a 2nd yr bird.
Looks like tomorrow morning could be interesting with a NE blow overnight.