No new Goldcrests to report today but there were a number of Chiffchaffs, although today was very much a finch day with a very large passage through the morning of 110 Lesser Redpolls (left), 70 Siskins, 50 Goldfinches and a few Chaffinches. The crow family featured with 10 Carrion Crows, 2 Jackdaws, 4 Magpies that stayed a while (bottom left), and 2 Ravens flew around the south end (bottom right) and landed briefly on the west side. The doves were also represented by 14 Collared Doves and 12 Wood Pigeons. Grounded for a period were 4 House Sparrows, a Redwing and a Blue Tit which is scarce enough at Hilbre to merit a photograph (right), but continuing through were 7 Pied Wagtails, 6 White Wagtails, a Starling and a Skylark. A Common Pipistrelle bat was detected last evening, the first this spring.
Ringed :-5 Chiffchaffs, 2 Lesser Redpolls, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Robin, 1 Wren.
(DB+ESCA,JE,CJ,KMc,CJW,SRW,PSW) [ 241- 18 ] photos CJ, CJW
Your redpoll passage has encouraged me to have another go at Heysham tomorrow morning! Not many through Heysham this morning, but caught a presumed ex-cage-reared Lesser - removed closed avi. ring & have posted to BTO ringing office.
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