Sunday, 6 March 2011

Day Two

It was back to the 'obs' for Ian and I this morning. I have said this several times before but one of the beauties of working a coastal site with little cover is that you can notice very easily the often imperceptible changes in the numbers of birds present, and today was no different. Well, it was actually.

The day dawned bright and clear with a ground frost and a slight easterly breeze. As the morning progressed the wind picked up from the southeast and cloud cover developed from the southeast so by 0830 we had complete cloud cover.

Even though it seemed a better day for vis than yesterday it wasn't. We had the following, all moving north; Linnet, 120 Pink-footed Geese, 12 Sisikins, 2 Chaffinch, Meadow Pipit (plus 18 off passage), Greenfinch and 2 Mistle Thrush. We had 4 Mute Swans go over, heading south, but they were obviously local birds.

 Mute Swans

We processed 7 new birds (recaptures in brackets):

Greenfinch - 3 (1)
Dunnock - 2
Blue Tit - 1
Great Tit - 1

 Blue Tit


Great Tit

That will probably be it until next weekend, when hopefully I will be reporting my first Wheatears!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

sounds like you had a good day mate,not much doing here.We had a large flock of redshanks at north shore heading north along with 30+ Oystercatchers,last friday there were 15-20 pintail ducks at grannies bay.