Saturday, 15 September 2012

Finally, something to blog about!

This morning, I headed to Kings Moss with Tineke and Charlie having been forced inland due to the winds on the coast. Sticking to the usual nets, we were hopeful that some of the migrants would be driven inland taking shelter in the relative calm on the moss.

The Blackcap were all caught in the first net round, as were a number of Goldcrest which was promising. To date, we had only ringed five Goldcrest in total at Kings Moss, although we have only been ringing there for twelve months, and all of those had been caught on the same day. A total of seven Goldcrest were ringed this morning, all of which were carrying at least 2 ESF and most at 3 ESF.

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)

The first Yellowhammer to be ringed since May was caught in the second round, as was a late adult Whitethroat still undergoing its post-breeding moult. A couple of Chiffchaff and two juvenile Willow Warblers were also ringed before all fell quiet with the third net round yielding little.

Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella)

Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)

The flock of 80+ Goldfinch that we had seen on site last week had increased and approximately 120 Goldfinch flew in at about nine thirty. As we monitored the nets, they were coming in to feed on the ragwort seed heads and upon checking the nets around feeding station one (yet to be set up for the autumn/winter feeding period) we had about forty juvenile Goldfinches in the net, significantly increasing our catch.

After the rush of Goldfinches, all fell quiet and but for a Reed Bunting and a Bullfinch, we started to pack up at about 11am. Considering the bleak outlook for the weekend, it was great that we managed to get a session and pick up some migrants in the process.

Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)

L.T.Tit -   11
Chiffchaff -   4   (1)
Willow Warbler -   2
Goldcrest -   7
Blackcap -   5
Goldfinch -   40
Coal Tit -   2
Great Tit -   3
Whitethroat -   1
Bullfinch -   1
Reed Bunting -   1
Blue Tit -   3   (1)
Yellowhammer -   1
Chaffinch -   1   (1)
Robin -   1
Greenfinch -   1
Song Thrush -   (1)
Blackbird -   2   (1)

TOTAL:   86   (5)

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