Friday, 1 April 2016

1st April 2016

Weather: SSE 2/3, cold wind chill

Dawn was stunning from the Obs this morning but the sun only slid behind the cloud and it remained cold. The unpleasant feel to the morning nevertheless grounded 5 Goldcrests and 2 Chiffchaffs which were found in the gardens just after dawn with a single Chiffchaff caught and ringed (complete with pollen horn - see below) and a couple of Wheatears and 2 White Wagtails elsewhere, although all seemed to have departed by mid-morning.

A returning Meadow Pipit ringed on the coincident date of 2nd April 2014 at Hilbre was retrapped in the 'Heli' garden for the first time this year today (see below).

Later 5 Canada Geese flew about the islands but little else could be found apart from 5 Little Egrets and 8 Carrion Crows. Light rain did not improve the situation and the observers left earlier than expected.

Ringed: 4 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Dunnock      [ 46-9 ]

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