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Friday 14 September 2018

14th Sep – Something of a clear out

The latest news from David & Elisabeth Price, Peter Slader and Nik Ward, reported by David:

"Last night we trekked up to Pyramid Slope [to ring Manx Shearwaters] and with a lot of energy expenditure managed just 12 new juveniles and no adults. Most young had little or no down, and were ready to leave. Felt like it was getting towards the end of the season.

Nothing significant from us in the way of sightings today. Perhaps 15–20 Blackcaps in all, the bulk of yesterday's birds having moved on. Five Goldcrests and just 2–3 Chiffchaffs recorded. One Teal on Pondsbury, 120 Starlings and 80 Linnets noted on unsuccessful walk round to try and relocate the Pectoral Sandpiper. Nik had a single Sand Martin.

Looking a bit blowy for tonight – certainly too much wind for mist-netting Stormies."

The post for 11th & 12th Sep below has been updated with further details of the Buff-breasted Sandpipers, including photos.

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