Saturday, 1 October 2011

October - 27 degrees C & Winter migrants

Who would have guessed it was October when the temperature hit 27 degrees C.  Wind speed over night was very light so we were hoping for a sprinkling of migrants.  We had four ringers present today so we put up as many nets as possible, which included a new net ride for this autumn.  We were not disappointed by the days catch.  A yellow browed warbler was trapped early in the morning and was retrapped in the afternoon.  A second yellow browed was located in Marsden Hall.  Song Thrushes and redwings were the first ringed of the autumn.  However the best birds of the day included a willow tit (only the second for South Tyneside) which was trapped and ringed and two nuthatch (one in gardens on Shearwater estate and a second in Marsden Hall)!!

Ringing totals - 12 blue tit, 10 song thrush, 5 robin and chiffchaff, 4 great tit and chaffinch, 2 redwing and coal tit and goldcrest. Singles of goldfinch, blackcap, garden warbler, willow warbler, yellow browed warbler,  wren, dunnock and willow tit.

yellow browed warbler © Adrian George

willow tit © Adrian George

Jason extracting a blue tit © Adrian George

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