Tuesday, October 10, 2017

First Redwings

Tuesday 10th October. There was a chance of Redwings this morning after a good number were seen in the UK in the last few days, mainly on the east coast. I’d seen a handful of Redwings over the house early on Monday so hoped that Tuesday might be suitable for ringing up at Oakenclough with an opportunity to catch our first Redwings of the autumn. The forecast of an early 15 mph wind, cloud and showers was rather marginal but after some deliberation we decided to go for it on the basis that on a westerly the nets are fairly sheltered, and also on the expectation this might be the only suitable day of the week. 

I met up with Andy at 0645 when it was still quite dark and very soon after dawn we caught the first couple of Redwings and then a few more as the morning continued. We finished at 11.30 with a good mix of 12 species and 51 birds in total which included eight Redwings. 

Species and numbers: 16 Goldfinch, 12 Goldcrest, 8 Redwing, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Great Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Bunting. 

Redwing - first autumn/winter


We aged and sexed the Reed Bunting as a first autumn/winter male. 

Reed Bunting

 The single Blackcap proved to be an adult female. 


Our catch of Lesser Redpolls was smaller than recent weeks and almost certainly due to the bluster and short, sharp, showers. Below is an adult male. 

Lesser Redpoll
The morning’s visible migration was not especially eventful but even as the wind dropped with clearing skies about 10am, any arrival or movement of birds was hardly noticeable. The highlight was the 90+ Redwings we counted in singles, small parties, or the biggest one of 30+ birds which arrived without any obvious directional movement during the cloudy and showery period. 

Otherwise our biggest counts came from the number of Goldfinches about in small parties that totalled over 100 individuals. The Goldfinches we caught came mostly from our feeders that are designed to catch mainly Goldfinch, Lesser Redpoll and Siskin. 

Others noted this morning: 2 Jays, the first seen or heard here for many months. Also, 8 Pied Wagtail, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Raven, 1 + Bullfinch.

Linking this post to Anni's Birding, Eileen's Saturday and Stewart's World Bird Wednesday.


Lowcarb team member said...

The 10th of October already ... this month is flying past.
Lovely photographs again Phil.
Well done to you and Andy!

All the best Jan

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I agree the month is flying by already. I love your cute Redpoll and the Redwing. The Blackcap is a cute bird. Wonderful photos. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

mick said...

Beautiful photos and I really like the way your close photos let us see those birds so much clearer. Thanks.

Linda said...

Sweet birds, Phil, especially the Redpoll! My birthday will be in just a couple of weeks (October 27.) :)

Stuart Price said...

Our only winter thrushes are Dusky Thrushes............and they haven't arrived yet.

A Colorful World said...

Very nice! Glad you saw the redwings!

Anu said...

Hello. Wonderful photos. I like redwings. It is a beautiful bird.

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

Since moving to Halifax - that there are few birds in this particular part of town is a marked between 'where I was' and 'where I am now'. Birds were non-stop around my Dorset home and the dawn chorus was ear-blasting. If I see a bird now I am startled.

David Gascoigne said...

Good morning Phil: Redwings have been recorded in parts of Slovenia too, and I am hoping that before we leave we may get a chance to see them. Today we will be leaving Croatia and heading back over the border, after a quite fabulous experience. My three target birds on this trip were Wallcreeper, Black Woodpecker and Bearded Tit and we have been lucky with all three species, two in Slovenia and one in Croatia.
Reports of our banding activity back home have been positive with a nice variety of species passing through. One more week and then it's back home to Canada - but we have Cuba to look forward to next month.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Phil! Thank you for linking and sharing your post with my 200th Critter Party. Your birds photos are always awesome. Great sightings.

Happy birding, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

Schotzy said...

Beautiful specimens... Such color and detail... wonderful post!

Stewart M said...

Redwings are a nice bird - I seem to recall hearing them as a first sighting, more often than seeing them - if you see what I mean.

But I also suppose it means that winter is coming!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

♥ Anni ♥ said...

Wow....great reading as always. Love your photos. That lesser redpoll is such a handsome fellow. And to have one [two actually] jay show up in the mix of birds seen after many months of not seeing one would really get me excited.

Once again, thanks so much for joining us birders and sharing your photos this weekend at I'd Rather B Birdin'!!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Lovely photos, lots of varities,

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Beautiful photos and great info

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Well done -- lots of information saved on this lovely day of birding and banding. The redwings and the redpoll are both lovely birds.

bettyl-NZ said...

That would be so interesting and fun to help out with the work you do! You get photos that most of us would never see :)

NC Sue said...

Interesting shots! I am always intrigued to see the birds you share - they are different from the ones we see here.
Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2017/10/wind-and-water-water-and-wind.html

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