Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Truncated Morning

Tuesday and the wind had changed direction from the recent Siberian blast to an almost balmy north-easterly of 8 mph. Even the temperature picked up to 0.5° at 0630 but the wind chill made it feel more like minus 15°. 

I’d met up with Andy at Oakenclough for a ringing session. Andy still sported a tan from his week in Abu Dhabi but there was no tee shirt or shorts to be seen. 

On our last visit here on 7th March, Another Bird Blog, we caught the first handful of Siskins and Lesser Redpolls of 2018, so we hoped to improve on this. However it was not to be as the wind soon picked up to 15 mph to truncate the already quiet session. 

We ringed just 11 birds – 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Blackbird, 1 Great Tit, 1 Goldfinch. 


Lesser Redpoll 


Other than the finches, there was little evidence of migration with “other” birds seen limited to local inhabitants; 6 Oystercatcher, 2 Buzzard, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Raven, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker. 

The early finish allowed a leisurely drive back over the moss roads where I came across 6 circling Buzzard and 1 Kestrel. Skitham Lane saw 16+ Ruff on a still flooded field some 500 yards from the road but in an isolated and unapproachable field. 

I stopped at Gulf Lane, Cockerham to see how many of our wintering Linnets are still around to find just thirty plus, a figure that suggests there may be no more ringing opportunities. Hopefully the 237 Linnets ringed this winter will provide information on their whereabouts at later dates. 

Thanks to one of my readers I discovered that today March 20th 2018 is World Sparrow Day celebrating the relationship between humans and sparrows. There are over 40 species of sparrow in the world. 

You can join in World Sparrow Day at World Sparrow Day 

Read all about sparrows of the world at wikipedia.

Tree Sparrow 

House Sparrow

More soon, maybe even sparrows at Another Bird Blog.

Linking today to Eileen's Saturday and Stewart's World Bird Wednesday.


Breathtaking said...

Hello Phil!:) Absolutely stunning bird portraits! I had no idea that there are 40 different species of sparrows in the world.

David Gascoigne said...

I am amazed at the attention World Sparrow Day is getting - and all for the good, I say. I subscribe to Bird Life International and it came to my inbox via them, but at least three other people/organizations notified me - and now your blog, Phil. It's a momentous day!

Stuart Price said...

They should have an 'I love Crossbills' day..............

Angie said...

I am accustomed to thinking of the sparrow as 'common' and not worthy of my attention, but through blogging, I am witnessing many other varieties and my attitude is changing!

Anu said...

Hello Phil. Great photos. Here in Finland the winds were not favorable for the migration of the birds.
I think that soon, the wind turns and great migration begins.

A Colorful World said...

Sounds like a productive ringing day! Did your friend bring YOU back a T-shirt!? :-) Anyway, great photos too, and I had heard about the Sparrow Day and was glad. We used to see them a LOT in Tucson and I always enjoy them!

Lowcarb team member said...

Loved seeing your photographs.
That chaffinch looks a cheeky chappie!

I'd not heard of world sparrow day, but I have now! Thank you.

All the best Jan

eileeninmd said...

Hello Phil, I did not know about the Sparrow Day. Your photos and birds are all beautiful. I especially love the Siskin and Redpoll. The Chaffinch is a beauty too. I like the cute Tree Sparrow. Thank you for linking and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What nice close ups. We have little chipping sparrows here, eating under our feeders! We love to watch them. Enjoy your weekend!

Jane said...

Beautiful shots!

Jenn Jilks said...

The close-ups are wonderful. I only get those when I find a dead, or kinked out bird!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I did not know about World Sparrow Day -- but I do know I enjoy watching them even if birders seem to consider them 'just a....'.

Thank you for telling me the difference between a chiffchaff and a chaffinch (in your comment on mine).... I wish I could see both the warbler and the finch for myself. I wish I could see all of your birds for myself!!

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