This was a very busy week mainly spent trying to catch up on typing up logs. Not the most inspiring job the observatory has to offer but just as important as many others. It does allow me the opportunity to get the nets open though, something to prevent the mind from turning to mush from excessive typing. Without doubt the highlight from the handful of birds that we caught was two more Water Rails, bringing my autumn total for the species up to a very healthy four. Water Rails have an E overlap ringing, which is more tricky to fit, so every time it presents a challenge.
Since most of my time was spent either typing at Kew or checking the nets in Churchfield I did not really see a great deal. The Kew Tawny Owl was still present on and off during the week. Woodcocks were also seen occasionally, as were Snipe. All in all a fairly steady week, as is expected at this time of year, but still with a few goodies on offer.
Spurn: Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Whooper Swan, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Brent Goose, Water Rail, Moorhen, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Golden Plover, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Dunlin, Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Common Snipe, Woodcock, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Tawny Owl, Ring-necked Parakeet, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll,