Tuesday, March 27, 2012

More Redpoll, Chiff, And Lotti

More settled weather meant Will and I could try for more migrants on Rawcliffe Moss today. There was no mist this morning, even with the clear skies overnight. The 0630 start gave little sign of overnight migration in the quiet plantation with the only hint of newly arrived birds a single Chiffchaff on the first round of the nets at 0715. Once again most of the action began soon after dawn with birds overhead, the major players being a count of 65 +Lesser Redpoll heading north in four hours. Smaller numbers of Siskin today with, less than 12 and a stifled Meadow Pipit passage of 6 single birds noted.

Our catch today was 19 birds, another 17 Lesser Redpoll to add to the 30 of Sunday and 5 of Saturday. Other new birds today: 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Goldfinch. As we expect, there are no recaptures of Lesser Redpolls with all the birds moving rapidly from the site and continuing their journey north. An interesting aspect this morning was the lack of male birds, with just one definite and the remainder of the 17 redpolls first year birds or adult females. It is not always possible to be 100% certain of the sex of brown first year lessers unless they show the beginnings of red admixed with brown breast or rump feathering. Wing length gives a clue but there is overlap between males and females.

Lesser Redpoll

Lesser Redpoll

Chiffchaff

I'm still waiting to see if anyone claims Lesser Redpoll L977497, not one of our birds but one we caught on Sunday.

Birding was subdued again this morning with some familiar counts and observations: 1 Corn Bunting, 4 Yellowhammer, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Hen Harrier, 5 Buzzard, 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 60+ Curlew, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 5 Roe Deer. Still a single lingering Fieldfare in the same field as recent days.

When I got back home the Long-tailed Tits were busy lining the nest with feathers in preparation for egg laying. Both of the adults’ tails are beginning to show wear as they spend more time in the confines of the tiny nest.

Long-tailed Tit

Long-tailed Tit

13 comments:

Stuart Price said...

Great Redpolls Phil..............

Chris said...

I would really love to get long-tailed tits over here ;-) These two last shots are wonderful Phil!

Karen said...

Wonderful captures!

Crafty Gardener said...

such cute little birds

Andrew said...

A wonderful post to read... and you have some great images of my favorite little bird.... Long-tailed Tits are a frequent garden visitor

mick said...

Those early starts give an interesting variety of birds. Great photos.

Fjällripan said...

Beautiful photos of those lovely small birds!

eileeninmd said...

Great collection of birds. The Long Tailed Tit is my favorite. Looks cute with the nesting materials.

Choy Wai Mun said...

The Long-tailed Tit is so adorable. Great shots.

Springman said...

Excellent captures to illustrate your marvelous experiences!

heyBJK said...

Fantastic close-up's, Phil! I love that Long-tailed Tit!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Beautiful, and so excited that the Long tailed Tits are moving forward with their nest building...so looking forward to the coming shares! Cannot get enough of those sweet faces~

Mama Zen said...

Great shots!

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