Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Miss And Hit

Time's running out to catch the Linnets at Cockerham where the latest food drops show 35 to 45 birds max and where finding a break in the weather for a ringing session becomes a precise art. Very soon the Linnets will be winging their way North to Scotland; hopefully a few more will carry our rings and data gathered throughout will help the conservation of this Red Listed Species, Linaria cannabina

But the weather forecasts continue their torment where both ITV and BBC predictions for Tuesday morning were miserable doom laden affairs of wind and rain sweeping across the screen from left to right. These “forecasters” must be on a hundred grand a year to read out dodgy predictions gathered via satellites, balloons, radar and computer programmes that cost millions if not billions of £s. Maybe a look out of the nearest window every few hours might result in a more accurate result? 

Internet charts for Tuesday seemed to show a stiff wind yes, but no rain until midday. By midday any ringing session would be over by which time we'd be home and dry in every sense. I arranged to meet Andy at our private site of Gulf Lane at 0730. 

OK, it was a little breezy as the wind played a part in limiting our catch, but not a single drop of rain fell in four hours. 

We finished with 15 birds, 14 Linnets and 1 Chaffinch – the Chaffinch an adult male, the Linnets split as follows: 6 first winter males, 6 first winter females, 2 adult males. 

Other birds in and around the seed crop this morning - 4 Skylark, 2 Blackbird, 2 Mallard, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Little Egret  

Stock Dove

P.S. 1400 hrs still no rain.  1600 hours and it's raining, eight hours later than the prediction.

Don't miss Another Bird Blog on Thursday when there should be more news. 


jp@A Green Ridge said...

The Linnet is simply adorable (although I know you probably look at them through different eyes, Phil) but the Cheffinch looks so flipping cute in that photo!!! Cold wind and rainy days make me chilly all day once I get home...jp

Mike Attwood said...

Hi Phil,
You are so lucky to have somewhere to do your stuff, my patch seems to be devoid of wildlife except for the fox who regulary calls for his biscuits every night. The last linnet I photographed was in 2013. Ah well, my day will come. Stay safe.

Angie said...

Phil - forecasting -- one of those jobs where there is no accountability for being wrong!!!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Very nice!!!... I love the Stock Dove (Columba oenas).. Regards

Breathtaking said...

Hello Phil,:=) So pleased you are outdoors ringing again, and that the weather stayed dry for your outing. Lovely captures of all the birds.

Rhodesia said...

Bet you are happy to have had a day out ringing and that the weather held out for you. We have a few days of warmth at present. It remains this way for a few days but the forecasts are all different so who knows!
Hope all is well, stay safe, Diane

The Padre said...

Pretty Markings On That Chaffinch - And Here Is My Attacking Dove Time Lapse - The Two Of Them Started Out To Be So Cute And Then The One Lost Its Marbles - The Video Is Only A Minute Long

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A1w24kIc6s // Copy And Paste The Link

Lowcarb team member said...

I always think the Chaffinch has such lovely colour and markings.

All the best Jan

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