Sunday, 1 April 2012

LIghtning Can Strike Twice!

The northerly had become southeasterly and the blocking high cloud to the south had gone so surely there should have been a push of migrants this morning, even if it was birds on 'vis' in the clear skies. Not a chance, it was almost as quiet as yesterday! We thought that some of those migrants encountered at Portland Bird Observatory  yesterday would have made their way north and again the answer was no!

A Barn Owl entertained us as we put the nets up in the half-light at the 'obs' and some early Lesser Redpolls teased us but the day never really got going. The few birds on vis included 8 Lesser Redpolls, 13 Meadow Pipits, Chaffinch, 20 Woodpigeon, 6 Sandwich Terns, 2 Alba Wags, Reed Bunting, Siskin and Lapwing.

 Lesser Redpoll

We ringed a few more than yesterday, but it was still only five birds as follows:

Lesser Redpoll - 1
Meadow Pipit - 1
Great Tit - 2
Blackbird - 1

After yet another shortened session Craig, Ian and I headed to a coastal park to prepare it for some ringing over the next few weeks. This site is very sheltered and held at least two each of Chiffchaff and Goldcrest.

Back home my moth trap held just two Common Quakers. The forecast is looking pretty abysmal for Tuesday with temperatures not far above freezing and snow a possibility, so I thought I should have a look on the sea off the Point tomorrow, even though it will be a northwesterly!

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