We were back at Rossall School this morning for what we hoped would be some more Lesser Redpoll ringing. Unfortunately no two days are the same at a coastal site and a slight variability or difference in the weather can have a huge effect. As the day dawned the wind was a force 2 southeasterly with 5 oktas cloud cover and the wind was causing the nets to billow slightly.
The Lesser Redpoll passage was quite heavy and we had at least 120 go north between 0615 and 0900, with the majority of these being in the first ninety minutes. The 'MP3 Lesser Redpoll' did pull a few birds down and we managed to ring seven of these little beauties.
Other 'vis' included Siskin, ten Goldfinch, Linnet, Tree Pipit and Swallow. Grounded birds were few and far between and all we had were Grasshopper Warbler and Chiffchaff. As we left the site we saw the odd pairing of a Whooper Swan and Canada Goose that were flying around together.
Back home I checked my moth trap and I had caught five Common Quakers, twelve Hebrew Characters and two Early Greys.
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