Saturday 24 March 2012

24th March 2012

Not mainly Goldcrests or Chiffchaffs today but both ! Twenty Chiffchaffs and 22 Goldcrests were logged but birds of the day were a Mealy Redpoll (above left) ringed with the Lessers, and at noon when all the migration seemed to have ceased came the first Willow Warbler of the year (above right), an unexpectedly early date even for the ever optimistic crew in the obs. Siskins and Lesser Redpolls showed in some numbers although Meadow Pipits were well down on yesterdays figure. A dozen Goldfinches went through with 6 Greenfinches and 4 Chaffinches, 7 Pied Wagtails, a Skylark, a new Song Thrush and a Blackbird. There were not a great many scarcites about today, just a flock of 10 Wood Pigeons, 4 Jackdaws and a Magpie, but the 43 birds ringed on a misty morning more than compensated. The Merlin has not yet had enough of Hilbre and a Little Egret flew in between the islands after the tide. 
Ringed:- 15 Goldcrests, 14 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Greenfinches, 2 Chaffinches, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush.
(CJ,SRW,PSW)            [ 226-18 ]             photos    CJ

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