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Saturday 22 September 2018

18th to 21st Sep – Ringers' lament!

A new team of bird-ringers set out for the island on Tuesday 18th, full of the joys of autumn and eagerly looking forward to a fortnight's ringing during the peak of migration for many species. Unfortunately the weather had other ideas and three days of relentless gales and lashing rain not only resulted in cancellation of the boat (and transfer to Hartland for helicopters), but also ruled out any chance of mist-netting. It was even a challenge to see a bird at times...

Emerging from his Brambles bunker during a comparative lull in the stormy conditions, Chris Dee reports that it was: "Still windy today (Friday 21st) but managed a little ringing in the most sheltered sites in Millcombe. Sightings included a Sparrowhawk, two Kestrels, a Water Rail, a Ring Ouzel, two Willow Warblers, three Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps and 25 Goldcrests."

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