Friday, 18 March 2011


It would have been nice to have had quality and quantity this morning when Ian and were ringing at Rossall, but we had to settle just for quality. At first light we had 6 oktas cloud cover with a virtually zero east-southeasterly wind. Later in the morning the cloud cover had decreased to zero and the wind remained east-southeasterly.

We processed 16 new birds (recaptures in brackets):

Goldcrest - 1
Dunnock - 1 (1)
Meadow Pipit - 12
Siskin - 1
Blue Tit - 1



There was some vis this morning from south to north and this included 128 Meadow Pipits, 6 Pied Wagtails, Reed Bunting, 2 Blackbirds, 2 Greenfinch, Chaffinch, 27 Siskins, Linnet, 7 Whooper Swans and Goldfinch. I half expected to see a Sand Martin 'zipping' through, but didn't.

 Meadow Pipit


On my way home I called in at the Nature Park just in case there were any Wheatears about, there weren't, and on the pools had 7 Coots, 16 Tufted Ducks and 3 Little Grebes.

The forecast is looking reasonable for tomorrow so hopefully we'll be back at the 'obs'. I have to keep stopping myself from getting too excited as it is only March still!

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