Thursday, 21 April 2011

20th April

Much of the day was spent ploughing a field next to the observatory, so it was encouraging to see that 13 Lapland Buntings and 4 Bramblings were immediately eager to feed in the freshly turned earth. Elsewhere there was little change in numbers of migrants, with counts coming to 7 Swallows, 4 Dunnocks, 51 Wheatears (including several birds that were confirmed to be of the Greenland race), 8 Redwings, a Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and a Carrion Crow. A couple of Whimbrels and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were on the coast.

Three of the Bramblings and several Lapland Buntings were easily caught for ringing in the ploughed field.

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