Yesterday saw our final scheduled ringing sessions at Spurn. The morning was fairly quiet because of the strong winds with just an adult Song Thrush seen and a very dull Lesser Redpoll. John Wint was on duty to explain in details the ringing process. The afternoon group saw 3 Bramblings after ringing, and marvelled at the yellow patch under the wing. Both groups saw the Black Redstart around the ex-lifeboat houses, but it posed better and for longer in the morning. At the high tide we saw the usual waders, but the strong winds almost forced the Brent Geese to stall as they passed the hide. This is the first time I remember being close enough to catch the glint in their eye as they flew past.
The afternoon group happened to be on site when the moth trap was emptied, so they saw a few species of moth too.
Overall, our visits this Autumn raised exactly £320 for the Spurn Bird Observatory Trust. That's enough for 4 new mist nests, which doesn't seem much when put like that, but every little helps!
One ringed earlier - with no red on its poll or anywhere else!
Brambling - showing yellow underwing
Broom Moth Caterpillar?