Ian and I were at Rossall for 5.30 a.m. and the nets were up and open by 6.00 a.m. Seven birds trapped on the first round bode well for a good morning's ringing, but only a further 3 new birds processed and an 8.30 a.m. finish because of a lack of birds, didn't reflect that first round optimism! Birds ringed were Blackbird, 5 Lesser Redpolls, 3 Linnets and a male Blackcap. We also recaptured a Chiffchaff from Friday (15th), that of course could have been present before this date, and may well be breeding on site. There is just about enough habitat on the southeastern edge of the site to support one pair of Chiffies.
The visible migration was very slow this morning and we recorded 38 Lesser Redpolls, 13 Meadow Pipits, 5 Swallows, 5 Woodpigeons, 3 Tree Pipits, 14 Linnets and a Siskin all moving from south to north. The only grounded migrant was the Blackcap that we ringed.
A look at the Heysham Bird Observatory blog showed a similar pattern to us and Phil and Will ringing at another 'group' site further inland on Rawcliffe Moss had a very similar morning. Looking at the Atlantic charts for the next few days show it to be settled, perhaps too settled!
Mayflower (I must have been getting desperate!)