Saturday, 2 July 2016
Yet another blustery day at the observatory with very little of note.
Migrants thin on the ground with 12 Swift, 2 Cormorant, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Sandwich Tern and 1 Great spotted Woodpecker is the best of the rest.
Carrion Crow with a brood of four youngsters being fed very well with a young Rabbit. Despite being a brood of five, perhaps one of the youngsters has decided its time for early dispersal?
Posted by LBO at 11:23
Friday, 1 July 2016
Yet another wet n' windy morning - whoever has been doing that rain dance out there could they please stop ! A flock of roughly 25 Redshank plus two separate Curlew went south during limited sea watching. A Reed Warbler chuntering away to itself on the Icky ridge is today's grounded migrant. There are still a few terns collecting around the point as the tide starts falling but apart from what's breeding here that's your lot.
Posted by LBO at 12:13
Thursday, 30 June 2016
182 of 31 species ringed. Highlights include 2 Turtle Dove, Treecreeper, Serin & an unseasonal Fieldfare.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
5 birds ringed: 3 Linnet and 1 each of Wren and Chiffchaff.
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Breeding is also in full swing in our bird community, with lots of baby birds being fed by their parents and fledged youngsters beginning to wander away from the nests. As you can tell not much else on the bird front is going on, but 2 Meadow Pipits flew over and a dispersing baby Coal Tit turned up, but thats about it.
Ringing: 11 birds, 3 Dunnock, 2 House Sparrow, and 1 each of Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Wren, Coal Tit, Blue Tit and Pied Wagtail.
Posted by LBO at 12:31
Monday, 27 June 2016
This faded Wheatear with a dicky wing is the first of it's kind noted here since 21st May. Is it a late spring migrant or a failed breeder ? Either way it's wing issues didn't stop it getting here ! Heading south 15 Curlew, 13 Swift, 2 Swallow, Redshank, Oyk & Siskin.
The first Bordered Straw of the year in the moth trap is worth a mention.
5 birds ringed: 2 Goldfinch, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Greenfinch.
Posted by LBO at 11:40
Sunday, 26 June 2016
A quiet day today, livened up by a Serin going over mid-morning, was it newly arrived or the same as a few days ago still hanging about. Not a lot else apart from 22 Swift south. On the insect front, the day flying Mother Shipton moth (above) has been seen regularly on the butts.
Ringing: 2 birds ringed. 1 Whitethroat and 1 House Sparrow.
Posted by LBO at 12:06