15th September 2020

 CISSBURY RINGThe lower slopes of Cissbury were very quiet except for the constant calls of Siskins – probably 40 seen during the morning. On the higher slopes were five Redstarts and a Spotted Flycatcher. A small flock of Lesser Redpolls were amongst the Siskins and a constant flow of House Martins which numbered 600. On the ring itself were two Wheatears and eight StonechatsRichard Ives

The morning's ringing on the north scarp was quieter today, with Val, Finch and special guest Linda, mainly due to a drop in the number of Blackcaps. Our catch did have some good variety, though, kicking off with a Spotted Flycatcher, followed by our first Goldcrest of the autumn and finishing with six from the cloud of around 300 House Martins ending up in one of the nets. A redpoll sp flew over, along with a bare minimum of 20 Siskins and 15 Meadow Pipits - though proper counts weren't maintained of these species, two Grey Wagtails and a Raven. A Tawny Owl was vocal when we arrived. David Campbell