Monday, 31 March 2014

29th to 30th March

More sunshine and more easterly winds have certainly bought plenty of migrants the last few days. So, its a shame were man down (or man in Israel!) currently as there are birds everywhere! On 29th counts from the 1 (of 6) census routes covered offered totals of 16 Robins, 7 Dunnocks, 6 Chiffchaffs and a handful of other expected migrants.

There was something for everyone on 30th with a Hawfinch-caught and ringed in the morning the prettiest bird of the day delighting fog-bound guests and getting things off to a fine start. For the ringing buffs, there was a Dutch ringed Common Redpoll-we think it's the first from this source to have been controlled here. For the rarity hunter (ok, so its not a Bluetail) but with only 1 record since 2011, a Grey Wagtail near Claypows was welcome and has been rarer here recently than both Blyth's Reed and Paddyfield Warblers!! And for the Gull enthusiasts, there was er.... a Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid at Bridesness. Time split between the fully covered Bridesness area and Holland / the Observatory also produced the year's first Black Redstart and Mistle Thrush and common migrant totals of at least 34 Robins, 10 Dunnocks, 13 Chiffchaffs, 9 Song Thrushes and 4 Chaffinch-but clearly there's a lot more than were managing to record around.




 Hawfinch on 30th
 
One of many Robin's from 29th




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