Monday, 18 April 2016

Clear Out

When Kim and I did some ringing at the Obs yesterday we had clear skies, a ground frost and no wind. It was obvious it was a 'clear out' morning and we didn't expect any grounded migrants, and in that respect we weren't disappointed. Any ringing we did would be linked to playback calls on the MP3 players.

Where we have our nets is only 0.5 km from the coast, but it is enough to reduce the volume of vis and due to the crystal clear conditions any vis we had was very high. Therefore the vis totals were both disappointing and unrepresentative, and just included six Linnets, four Meadow Pipits, 13 Siskins, a Short-eared Owl, 15 Lesser Redpolls and a Swallow.

We only ringed five birds and all were Lesser Redpolls!

Lesser Redpoll

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