Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sticking It Out

The morning began dank and cold with a touch of mist, but the closer I got to Rawcliffe Moss about 8 miles away, the thicker the mist became. Out on the ringing site at 0645 the mist had turned almost to fog, the sort where birds don’t move around much and so not the ideal weather to try and catch birds for ringing. 

A very slow start ensued and by 0930 when I’d caught 6 birds, and with the obstinate mist still in place, I almost gave up. Then Colin the gamekeeper turned up to feed his pheasants and told me all was clear and bright just a few miles away in St Michael’s village, so with a hint of blue sky above I decided to wait for a while. Just as well I did as the next few hours produced a rush of birds until I packed in at 1130 having caught 41 birds of 11 species, 39 new and 2 recaptures. 

New birds: 16 Goldfinch, 10 Chaffinch, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Siskin, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackbird, 1 Dunnock and 1 Great Tit. The two recaptures were Goldfinches from recent weeks. The first few birds were Goldfinches and a Lesser Redpoll feeding on Niger seed, closely followed by a Chiffchaff heard “pheweeing” nearby. 


Chiffchaff

Sun And Mist

 Wet Web

At this time the camera was set at ISO800 to cope with the poor light. At least the Lesser Redpoll was bright, a juvenile male. 

Lesser Redpoll

Lesser Redpoll

The single male Goldcrest showed some of its hidden gold. 

Goldcrest

Goldcrest

Goldcrest

All but one of today’s Goldfinch turned out to be juveniles, the exception an adult female. 

Goldfinch

There were Siskins going over as soon as the sky cleared. I didn’t expect to catch any because around these parts the Siskin is something of a late winter speciality for ringers. Upon examination the bird proved to be an adult female. 

Siskin

A couple of “others” photographs. 

Great Tit

Reed Bunting

The heavy mist made sure I saw nothing between 0700 and 0930, with just the sounds of local Goldfinches and cups of coffee to keep me company. After 0930 I was almost too busy with the ringing to make much sense of the visible migration with probably. 50+ Meadow Pipit, 35+ Chaffinch, 6 Siskin, 5 Reed Bunting and 12 Alba wagtail. 

Otherwise: Huge numbers of noisy Pink-footed Geese flying around to the distant north and west somewhere over Pilling Moss, luckily none came down to the decoy but not-quite-perfect-calls of nearby shooters. Also, 8 Snipe, 1 Peregrine, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker. I had a stroke of good fortune when from a party of 5 Jays, one found itself in a mist net but managed to jump out and fly off in pursuit of the others just as I reached the ride. 

The morning turned out to be very productive after all. Glad I persevered with it. 

This week Another Bird Blog is linking up with  Anni at id-rather-b-birdin and Stewart's Photo Gallery 

15 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful close-ups of the birds, Phil. So much detail and beautiful colours.
I seem to be recovering from my dreadful chest infection, and am hoping to return to visiting my blogging friends on a regular basis.
Meanwhile, we're still talking about visiting Britain. We keep coming close, "doing" Europe, but the Isles seem to keep getting postponed.
My friend who moved to England a year ago is talking about visiting us when we're in Venice in February. It will be wonderful to see her, but we won't be seeing Britain that way.
K

Chris said...

Fantastic capture and pictures Phil.. There are siskins around us at the moment, but itðs getting cold they will pass out! But I'd love to see some...

brodahl jahren said...

God morgen alle. Fin lyse skrive opp som alltid, C. C. Takk.
this information about snekkermoss

news said...

Hi Phil: Nice shot of the web.Best wishes JWB.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Sensational detail on these beautiful birds, Phil! You really know how to capture all the color and markings on these little guys. Wow!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Sweet, sweet, sweet, all of them. My goodness your patience sure paid off on this journey out. A morning like that requires a lot of stamina...hope you had some goodies packed. Have a bright day today~

Findlay Wilde said...

I can;t wait to be able to study birds this close up. From Findlay

Adam Jones said...

Nice to see the Siskins and Redpolls close up.

Modesto Viegas said...

Good captures!!!

eileeninmd said...

Wow, great birds Phil! Love the Goldcrest and the cute Redpoll. Wonderful photos, happy birding.

EG CameraGirl said...

For sure you had a great day!

NewMexiKen said...

Nice assortment of captures! So colorful! We just don't have many dickie birds here in south Florida except for migrants and a few that stay for the winter.

mick said...

Beautiful bright colors in the birds when seen up-close like that. There was a heavy mist around here this morning - but it was hot and sticky with it!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - great post - I may be horribly out of date - but whats an Alba Wagtail?

Cheers

Thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M - Australia

Neil said...

Nice to be able to have them so close great photos.

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