Saturday, 26 March 2016

26th March 2016

Weather: SE 4-5, overcast, rain from midday and wind backing SW and increasing 

The day started well with a male Peregrine showing exceptionally well sat on the island for one observer.  A Chiffchaff in the Obs garden first thing was the first of the year and boded well for the rest of the morning.

At least 5 Chiffchaffs were present (with 3 ringed during the morning) with birds feeding in the Blackthorn bushes including this bird in 'Subalp hedge' and 2 Sand Martins passed over Telegraph House were also the first sighting for the year.

There was a small Robin passage which became evident as the morning progressed with five new birds and a retrap from 2015 caught.  A single Chaffinch ground feeding in the SK trap became the first to be ringed this year.

A new Song Thrush appeared on the lawn of the Obs garden mid morning and presumably the same bird was caught and ringed in the 'Newton' trap later.

The Pheasant remained strutting around the main island today.

The afternoon was a brief washout with an extensive front passing over the UK and the wind backed to south west and increased significantly in the evening.

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