søndag den 20. april 2014

More of the same...

Another lovely, sunny, spring day but with a cold, brisk NE wind taking the shine off the fine conditions; with little change in the weather from yesterday it was no surprise that the morning's ringing was also similar with 12 new birds caught - there was a tiny bit more variety with a Yellowhammer, a Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaffs in amongst the Robins and Dunnocks.
   There was less to be seen around the station though with c12 noisy Bramblings around the garden at first light soon moving off and a trickle of Meadow Pipits overhead.   The male Ring Ouzel at Kroghage was heard giving a bit of a sub-song by Louis as he swapped the tip for some wandering round some bushes.

There was a bit of raptor action from lunchtime in the bright and breezy conditions with a Black Kite wandering round the point for a few minutes before heading off to the north (with it or another seen a few hours later north of Birkemosse) and a Rough-legged Buzzard doing the exact same thing two hours later - hardly impressive vis mig but I enjoyed it!   The only other bird I could come up with in the afternoon was another Ring Ouzel in a hedge at Birkemosse and the first Arctic Tern of the year fishing opposite the station in the evening.

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