Sunday, 4 September 2011

A very quiet week

John was ringing at the Obs for a few hours on a couple of days this week with only a handful of goldcrests and chiffchaffs ringed.  I headed down there myself today hoping to catch one or two birds given the winds were westerly overnight. Ringing all day was slow but we cracked double fingers with the highlight of the day being a juvenile male sparrowhawk being trapped.  Other birds ringed included a blackbird, magpie, chiffchaff, willow warbler, goldcrest, greenfinch, two great tits and two chaffinch, retraps included a robin, chiffchaff, blackcap, willow warbler and goldfinch.

(c) Adrian George

Not surprisingly with all the westerly winds we have been experiencing, an American golden plover was found on Whitburn Steel by Ian Mills.  I did wait until the afternoon to go and twitch the bird, something I  dont often do these days.  It was a good adult but hard to locate in a flock of several hundred Eurasian golden plover.  Thanks Dave F for the loan of your scope.

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