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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Tuesday 19th January 2016

A Rock Pipit was on the point for the first time in a while. A Lapwing on the reserve plus a couple of new adult male Blackies trapped are indicative of colder conditions although no indication of anything else on the move. 596 Cormorants went out fishing before 0730hrs so they seem to be getting earlier recently. One downer is that the Collared Dove nest was checked this morning for the first time in a couple of days. The only sign of mum was a pile of recently plucked feathers on the ground near the nest suggestive of a Sparrowhawk taking the bird whilst she was brooding with the two squabs dead on the nest having presumably frozen to death. Female Sparrowhawks are rather partial to Collared Doves & Mr Collared Dove's main role in nesting is to keep rival males away from the wife so a single parent he is not !

Ringing: 2 blackbird