Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Solo Session

With everyone else otherwise engaged I set off for Rawcliffe Moss this morning for a solo ringing session, so promised myself not too many nets; it’s not the putting up, it’s the taking down that’s the chore, especially after tramping around several times until mid-morning, then taking in nets just as morning warms up and the horse flies begin to remove lumps of flesh. The Suzuki must have been the first vehicle along the moss track this morning, early enough to see a Fox disappear into the roadside hawthorns and then dozens of Swallows doing a dawn fly around before all going their separate ways.

I had an interesting little session with more Sylvias and Phylosscs amongst the 27 birds caught, 22 new and 5 recaptures. New: 6 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chaffinch and 1 Chiffchaff; 4 nestling Blackbirds made up the 22 new. The 5 recaptures were 3 Goldfinch, 1 Blackcap and 1 Great Tit.

Willow Warbler



Blackbird nest

Blackbird nestling

Apart from the ringing, I saw the usual array of birds: 2 Buzzard, 4 Skylark, 60+ Swallow, 2 Corn Bunting, 18 Whitethroat, 15 Linnet and 22 Goldfinch. The Goldfinches were about the farm today, but feeding on thistle heads, not using our niger seed much, hence the lower numbers caught compared to recent efforts.





Mary Howell Cromer said...

Sweet little Willow Warbler and well, of course the Swallow is gorgeous, oh actually every bird you show is always just marvelous. Horse Flys, ugh, I DO NOT LIKE! I use SSS for those, Deer Flys and Mosquitos and it does a fine job, smells nice too~

Gallicissa said...

The Whitethroat looks as if its been to a party overnight. All those recaptures must be very satisfactory.

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