Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Windless Wednesday

Since the weekend Will and I did our homework via the regular crowd, The Met Office, XC Weather, Wind Guru and the BBC. You name it, we’ve looked at it, so we pencilled in a hopeful Wednesday window for a ringing session. They were all correct as the wind dropped from a raging westerly at 9pm last night to a big fat zero at 6am this morning when we landed at Out Rawcliffe.

The morning was fairly slow as we expected now that many warblers have gone, but we hoped to pick up the stragglers plus anything else that came along. We certainly found some variety with 17 birds but of 14 species, 12 “new” birds and 5 recaptures. Of the first timers we caught one each of the following: Tree Pipit, Yellowhammer, Jay, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Robin and Wren, with 2 Chaffinch.

Recapture were made by 2 Willow Warblers and 1 each of Chiffchaff, Wren and Great Tit. The Willow Warblers and Chiffchaff were adults with almost completed moult so will very soon be on their way south.

The quiet ringing left time to survey the scene without the need to shelter from wind or rain but simply to sit in the sun, that strange yellow thing in the sky that we see occasionally.

Jay - juvenile

Tree Pipit - juvenile

Yellowhammer - juvenile

Reed Bunting – juvenile male, partial moult

Sedge Warbler - juvenile

Chaffinch

Blue Tit

Following the overnight clear sky the morning’s visual migration was very thin, the highlight probably a single Swift heading south west in a light movement of Swallows and House Martins. We did notice a number of Chaffinches about this morning, “pinking” and contact calling as they flew over or dropped into the plantation. They are a sure sign of the real autumn to begin soon.

Chaffinch

The inevitable Marsh Harrier put in a showing as it patrolled the set aside but at one point had to fend off the attentions of a Buzzard that spotted the harrier taking a rest in a recently cropped field. Two other Buzzards today plus a single Kestrel completed the raptor scene.

Buzzard

5 comments:

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Splendid, splendid, splendid, that little Jay is such a beauty. Your new banner is absolutely awesome. The way the breeze has slightly blown the feathers, what a perfect pearl of an image~

Pete Woodruff said...

MHC has made some worthy and justifiable comments re the Jay and Wheatear which I echo Phil.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

I loved each photo, mind blowing performance with the camera, indeed! Hats off to you :)

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

I just realized that I was not following your beautiful place! So mad of me. I'm your latest fan on this page now :)

NicoleB said...

Those shots are sooo beautiful!
Love those tiny ones :)
And hey, you can have our yellow glow ball for as long as you want. I am so tired of it :D
Ain't it strange that on some days migration goes on in great numbers and on others there's nothing?

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