The team of bird ringers under the leadership of Chris Dee that arrived on 11th have continued to catch steadily, but migrant numbers have often been very low in unusually warm and settled conditions for the second half of the month.
Finally a good day for nocturnal passerine migrants; 181 new birds were ringed, as follows:
2 Sand Martin, 52 Swallow, 17 Willow Warbler, 21 Chiffchaff, 74 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat (of which 5 were adults), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackbird, 1 Stonechat, 4 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Goldfinch.
Light rain at dawn didn't bring in many migrants. A total of 27 birds ringed:
1 Swallow, 16 Blackcap, 1 Robin, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock and 7 Meadow Pipit.
Another quiet day, despite ideal mist-netting conditions; 28 new birds ringed:
12 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 1 Wren, 1 Stonechat, 2 Meadow Pipit and 1 House Sparrow.
Elsewhere, Dean Jones found an Ortolan Bunting and there was a ring-tail harrier in Tent Field in the afternoon.
Perfect mist-netting conditions again, but very few birds in Millcombe. Swallow passage late morning and more Meadow Pipits about. A total of 130 birds were ringed:
44 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 66 Meadow Pipit, 1 House Sparrow and 1 Chaffinch.
Calm again, with few birds! A total of 64 new birds ringed, the great majority being Meadow Pipits:
6 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Robin, 1 Wren, 45 Meadow Pipit and 2 Goldfinch.
Observations included single Water Rail, Sparrowhawk and Merlin, and three Grey Herons.
Another calm morning with few birds; just 13 new birds ringed:
1 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush (the first of the autumn!), 1 Robin and 1 Wren.
Slightly more activity at dawn, light mist from 11.00 hrs; 61 new birds ringed:
36 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 16 Blackcap, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Robin, 1 Stonechat and 1 Meadow Pipit.
A final 14 birds were ringed by 10.00 hrs, when Chris and his team handed over to a newly arrived Shaun Robson.
1 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Wren, 1 Robin, 1 Stonechat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 House Sparrow.
One Whimbrel was seen on Rat Island as MS Oldenburg departed.