Saturday, 13 October 2012

Green Party

It was just me and Moxey for this mornings session out at Kings Moss. It was two weeks since our last session up at the plantation, and with two or three visits a week to keep the feeders topped up, activity at the feeding stations has been hotting up. As it stood, the only site that we have that could have been operated this morning was Kings Moss, the forecast for the rest of our sites (all of which are within 3km of the coast) was rather moist.

The bird of the day award belonged to the humble, often unappreciated, Greenfinch. Other ringing blogs, can be a useful source of mid-week information for us and by checking out The Hairy Birder blog from our friends on the Fylde, we took inspiration in Seumus and Ian's attempts at calling down passing Greenfinch. Today was a day when there wasn't much in the way of visible migration, except for 4000 Pink-footed Geese, 60 Fieldfare heading south and a slow and steady stream of Skylark, also moving south. If it wasn't for the mp3 player, we would have had no idea that there were so many Greenfinch passing with each net round yielding double figures, including two controls (birds ringed by another ringer). The final total ended up at eighty-two, our biggest single catch of Greenfinch in recent years.

 Greenfinch (Chloris chloris)

Elsewhere, we had success with other finch/bunting species. Following on from Moxey's midweek Redpoll at Hightown (amongst another decent catch of Goldcrest), we caught another, as well as a total of five Reed Bunting, one of which was a local control. As I mentioned earlier, activity is picking up at the feeders now and hopefully over the next few weeks, the Yellowhammer will also find the food and we can pick up where we left off in the spring.

Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Redpoll (Carduelis flammea)

There was nothing in the way of warblers and the last remaining Chiffchaff and Blackcap appear to moved on although birds are still present on Rimrose Valley and on the dunes. We had another good catch of Goldcrest, the majority of which came from a small pine stand, their foliage of choice.

Wren -   5
Goldcrest -   8   (1)
L.T.Tit -   3   (5)
Chaffinch -   9   (1)
Goldfinch -   13
Redpoll -   1
Linnet -   1
Dunnock -   1
Robin -   1   (2)
Coal Tit -   4   (1)
Blue Tit -   16   (10)
Great Tit -   14   (7)
Meadow Pipit -   2
Reed Bunting -   4   (1)
Greenfinch -   82   (3)
Song Thrush -   1

TOTAL:   165   (30)

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