A glorious, calm morning greeted me today with temperatures that would have been described as an “Indian summer” back in the days when the climate was more stable. Bird-wise, things were less favourable, although at least three Spotted Flycatchers and a Siskin indicated that there had been some passage overnight. Despite my best efforts these managed to avoid the nets all morning as did many of the other species present. I was expecting to pack up early again with only eighteen birds ringed in the first two hours. Unusually however, things picked up later in the morning and the total ended up at 50 birds, 47 of which were new: 15 Blackcap, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 19 Chiffchaff, 1 Dunnock, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Great Tit, 5 Meadow Pipit and 4 Wren.