After the impressive arrival of Yellow-browed Warblers yesterday, it was perhaps to be expected that things would be slower today. Nevertheless there continued to be a few new arrivals. No Yellow-browed Warblers were in the ringing site at dawn, so when one suddenly started calling with the arrival of a shower of rain around 8am, it seems reasonable to assume it was a new arrival. Another individual was seen in one of the plantations, and was assumed to be one of yesterday's birds. Two Wheatears were in the field adjacent to the ringing site, whilst Redstarts had increased to two, with a fine young male in the SW corner of the ringing site and yesterday's female retrapped. The ringing session produced a total of 20 birds, with Linnets dominating the catch. A ringing milestone was passed today with the 1000th bird caught and ringed in the ringing site this morning. This is a fairly modest total given that ringing began here in 2009, but hopefully the 2000 mark will be achieved in rather less time. More importantly I hope that with increasing numbers of birds bearing rings from Long Nab more recoveries will result and some greater insight into where some of our birds end up will be forthcoming.
Dribs and drabs of visible migration included over 100 Meadow Pipits and small numbers of Siskins, Linnets and Goldfinches moving south, whilst a flock of four Pink-footed Geese were clearly confused as they were heading north! Offshore it was quiet with just a few Red-throated Divers seen flying past.