To keep the blog going as we start to get into the autumn migration period proper, I thought I would provide a quick update of the ringing session that I had at the Nature Park on Monday morning.
In terms of operating mist nets, the weather couldn't have been much better, with 6 oktas cloud cover and virtually flat calm, with just the hint of some air movement from the northwest. I put 4,000 Starlings in my notebook this morning, so maybe the roost is starting to drop-off after all, as over the last three times I have estimated 6,000, 5,000 and now 4,000. It does start to drop-off as we move through autumn, and birds switch to roosting under a pier in Blackpool, or in the reedbed at Leighton Moss.
I ringed 20 birds as follows:
Lesser Whitethroat - 2
Whitethroat - 1
Reed Warbler - 4
Sedge Warbler - 2
Robin - 4
Greenfinch - 5
Willow Warbler - 2
From a birding perspective there was little to report other than the Starlings and calling Redshank, Dunlin and Whimbrel from the estuary.
Over on the right, if you are viewing this in the web version, you will see that I have updated the ringing totals for Fylde Ringing Group up until the end of July. Three new species for the year were ringed in July, and these were Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and Treecreeper.
Below you will find the 'Top 5 Ringed in July' and the 'Top 10 Movers and Shakers' for the year.
Top 5 Ringed in July
1. Sand Martin - 55
2. Willow Warbler - 19
3. Sedge Warbler - 13
4. Reed Warbler - 12
5. Blue Tit - 10
Top 10 Movers and Shakers
1. Sand Martin - 160 (same position)
2. Blue Tit - 96 (same position)
3. Great Tit - 73 (same position)
4. Willow Warbler - 34 (up from 9th)
5. Pied Flycatcher - 26 (down from 4th)
Sedge Warbler - 26 (straight in)
6. Goldfinch - 23 (up from 7th)
Blackbird - 23 (up from 7th)
9. Tree Sparrow - 20 (down from 5th)
Chaffinch - 20 (down from 5th)
It's looking like it will be weekend based on the weather forecast before it will be calm enough for ringing again.