Saturday, 14 May 2011

13th May

A Turtle Dove at Ancum was the best new bird of the day, while 3 Garganeys and a Wood Sandpiper remained. Small migrants were few and far between: a Sand Martin, 5 House Martins, 2 Tree Pipits, 3 Sedge Warblers, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcaps, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Lesser Redpoll were the only ones worth mentioning. A Common Sandpiper and 2 Collared Doves were also present.

House Martin is not a species that features regularly on the NRBO ringing schedules, so one caught at Holland House in the evening provided an uncommon opportunity to admire its hairy little feet and sharp claws up close.

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