Saturday, 15 October 2011

Too Clear and Too Windy

Yep, another bunch of excuses as to why we didn't catch much this morning! Ian and I knew that it would be marginal at the 'obs', but based on the numbers of Thrushes that have been around we thought we would chance it. All we could get up were two nets and one of those was a bit 'iffy'. Redwings called in the darkness and as the first rays of the new rising sun (did you spot the Jimi Hendrix reference there?) hit the obs Fieldfares were moving too, but ignoring our MP3 players! A Barn Owl gave a great performance hunting over the meadow just in front of us, so that raised our spirits.

We only managed to ring 3 Wrens, a Dunnock and 3 Greenfinch before we decided to give up and call it a day.



There was a good variety of 'vis' this morning if numbers were low and we had 9 Fieldfares, 48 Redwings, 3 Song Thrush, 38 Chaffinch, 3 Reed Buntings, 43 Meadow Pipits, 18 Alba Wagtails, 43 Carrion Crows, 17 Goldfinch, 12 Skylarks, 79 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Swallows, 3 Linnets, 30 Jackdaws, 11 Tree Sparrows, 3 Siskins, 61 Starlings, 16 Lapwings, 27 Greenfinch, Rock Pipit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Snipe, 2 Blackbirds and 3 Great Tits.


It's looking a bit marginal again tomorrow, but I'll be out birding or ringing, or both!

I shouildn't really have been posting this evening as Gail and I were due to see Joe Bonamassa tonight at Blackpool Opera House. However, he has come down with flu and the gig has been postponed. Have a look below at Joe below playing Sloe Gin from the Albert Hall. Stunning!

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