torsdag den 18. oktober 2012

The Prediction

Yesterday, we hinted that there could be more Blue Tits on their way. This afternoon we were proved right! After a relatively slow start (30 or so birds) we were slowly pushed to the limit by Blue Tits appearing everywhere. We lost our nerve and closed many nets; just in time as a "Blue-blanket" swept through the garden very low for about 5 minutes, probably 1000 birds moved through. During the next 2 hours my notebook reads 3000+ Blue Tits. Large flocks drifted over the garden before turning round and heading inland, they'll be back tomorrow no doubt. Today then we suffered 212 Blue Tits plus 40 other birds, of note 3 Sparrowhawks, 2 Coal Tits, 1 Redpoll and 1 Blackcap. We also "Controlled" 2 Swedish ringed birds, 1 Blue Tit and 1 Great Tit. Below is a picture of a Redpoll, juvenile male.

Redpoll -Carduelis caberet

We were joined at ringing today by Nicholas and Clausjannic, both are training to ring and enjoyed their experience today. Clausjannic also began filming the day's work at Gedser.

Migration was heavy today with many finches passing low over the garden. Highlights were 8 Bullfinch, 2 Hawfinch and 14 Crossbill. Chafflings were into the 1000's and Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Siskin all in their hundreds. JAYS HAD A MASSIVE PUSH TODAY WITH OVER 150 MIGRATING

Photo and Blog: Craig Brookes

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