Thursday, June 30, 2022

Watch And Wait

Things have been quite quiet so I took a sabbatical from blogging but kept up with news and views, good and bad, whether birds or life in general. 

A trip to Cockerham on 22 June saw a meagre catch of just 8 birds that included the first two juvenile Linnets of Project Linnet 2022 but zero juveniles of both Sedge Warblers and Reed Warblers - yet another indication of our terribly cold spring, global cooling and the beginning of the next Ice Age. 

Juvenile male Linnet
Since then a week or two of weather watching resulted in a decision to visit the Sand Martins at Cockerham, our second go at catching. The first visit of the season took place on 4 June, a trip that  resulted in a successful catch of 42 adults, including "8911708 Museum Paris", a French ringed Sand Martin. We have yet to hear from the French Ringing Scheme and of that bird’s original capture. 

Today, Thursday and the last day of June I met up with Andy, Will and Bryan at the appointed 0630 to zero wind at the quarry face where the Sand Martins have their hard–won burrows. 

It appeared that numbers had increased since our last visit and we estimated 150-200 Sand Martins around the colony. We were kept busy and confirmed the earlier guesstimate with a catch of 80 Sand Martins, 51 new adults, 16 juveniles of the year and 13 recaptures, some from earlier this year, and others from 2021. 

A few of the juveniles were very young and probably left their burrows in the last day or two. To catch so many new adults so soon after our visit of 4 June suggests new adult arrivals, ones  that stayed to breed and swelled numbers in the period between 4 June and 30 June. 

Adult Sand Martin

Ringing Station
Juvenile Sand Martin

Juvenile Sand Martin

Other birds seen this morning - 2 Common Tern, 2 Great Created Grebe, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Pied Wagtail, 45 Mallard 

Back soon after more watching and waiting with more news & views of birds and Lancashire Life. 

Linking this weekend to Eileen's Blogspot and Anni in Texas.



Angie said...

Phil - your untiring work to ring birds and track the observations is much appreciated!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Phil,:=) Good to know that at least the Sand Martins are doing so well. The juvenile Sand Martin is adorable.
All the best.

Shiju Sugunan said...

It's so nice to read your observations on these migratory bird.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Phil,
It sound like the Sand Martins are doing well, great captures and sightings.
They are cute birds, love the photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your weekend.

Linda said...

Sweet little birds! Take care.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I admire your dedication and appreciate the good work you do. Love seeing the photos of these birds too!

Lowcarb team member said...

Yes, as others have also commented, these birds do look very cute in your photographs ...

Happy July wishes.

All the best Jan

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Taking a break is a good thing - it can prevent burn-out - I may do that myself.

NCSue said...

Thanks, Phil, for these lovely images and for sharing them at

Rain said...

Hi Phil! ☺ The sand martin is beautiful, has a bit of a sad look in his face!

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