tirsdag den 6. november 2012

A fantastic day!

I was very glad to be able to open some nets this morning, sitting here alone in bad weather is never any fun! So, with nets set I returned to the warm house wondering what today may deliver? First net round quiet only 7 birds, better than nothing though and 2 of them were very large Blackbirds; always nice to catch them. I also heard a Firecrest briefly. Next round, sure enough the Firecrest was sat in a net near where I had heard him previously. Throughout the morning only 31 birds were ringed in total but it was a very enjoyable day, migration was fairly steady overhead with some nice species mixed in and the ringing very relaxed. Totals as follows: Waxwing 2, Wren 1, Robin 2, Song Thrush 1, Redwing 3, Goldcrest 1, Firecrest 1, Coal Tit 1, Blue Tit 7, Great Tit 2, Chaffinch 5, Greenfinch 1 and Bullfinch 2. A really good spread of species!

Firecrest - 1cy Male
At around 11 I saw a large flock of Waxwings circling near to one of the high-nets which was closed due to wind. I put it up however and watched. Within 2 minutes a couple of these stunning birds had jumped into the net.
Waxwing - 1cy Male

Migrants today were mainly finches and buntings. Chaffinch/Bramblings numbered 700+ , Greenfinch 30, Goldfinch 25, Siskin 30, Woodlark 3, Waxwing 17, Yellowhammer 20, Reed Bunting 1 and Blue tit 40. A single Parrot Crossbill returned Northwest before 8am.

Grounded migrants - Kestrel, Buzzard, Red Kite, Mute Swan, 15 Blackbirds, 3 Song Thrushes, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Coal Tit, 7 Goldcrest, 24 Woodpigeon, 106 Woodpigeon. 180 Waxwing roamed around the lighthouse garden and a further 800+ Waxwings rested in the town centre at Gedser.

Photos and Blog: Craig Brookes

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