Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Thrush fantastic

Following large arrivals of thrushes on the east coast over the last couple of days, Nick, Chas and I headed up to the coast for a spot of ringing and general birding.  On arrival at the site it was obvious that thrushes were still coming in and so it proved with several thousand Redwing seen coming in off the sea during the day along with hundreds of Fieldfare, Song Thrushes and Blackbirds whilst Robins too were everywhere.  Ring Ouzel, normally a scarce passage migrant were also present, with at least 20 birds seen or heard in the scrub during the day and a Black Redstart on a hay bale was also a good bird.
With so many birds around, it was no surprise that ringing was very productive too, with nearly 150 birds caught, including 45 Robins, 40 Blackbirds, 15 Redwings, 10 Song Thrushes and 8 Goldcrest but the highlight was 2 stunning Ring Ouzels.

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