Sunday, 27 September 2015

Just In Double Figures

I was back ringing at the Obs at first light this morning under clear skies with a 5 - 10 mph southeasterly wind. I wasn't anywhere near as busy as yesterday and ringed thirteen birds as follows:

Meadow Pipit - 8
Robin - 2
Dunnock - 1
Greenfinch - 1
Wren - 1


I got a text from Craig this afternoon who is a member of our group and he is in Denmark at Gedser Bird Observatory at the moment. His text said that he had ringed over 300 birds this morning, mainly Robins and Bramblings on the move!


There was some vis this morning and it was coming through in fits and starts. I had 648 Pink-footed Geese, 182 Meadow Pipits, a House Martin, six Alba Wags, a Reed Bunting, a Goldfinch, ten Swallows, 12 Greenfinches, a Collared Dove, seven Magpies, four Skylarks, a Siskin, a Grey Wagtail and two Linnets.

Grounded birds were limited to six Robins, four Dunnocks, a Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest and two Reed Buntings. No moving raptors this morning, just three local Kestrels probably from our nest box close by.

The forecast is looking okay again for tomorrow so I'll make the effort to get up and get out again in the morning; after all you have to make hay whilst the sun shines!

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