Friday, 8 March 2013

7th to 8th March

Two days of stronger winds from the East and colder temperatures seemed to slow the arrival of any migrants down considerably, although a few birds remained from previous days.
The first Grey Wagtail of the year was seen on the 7th, along with the same Black Redstart, three Chiffchaffs and Firecrest inland. Even less was seen on the 8th: both the Black Redstart and at least two Chiffchaffs remained in their respective locations; a Grey Wagtail flew over the south end; two Jack Snipe, four Snipe and a Woodcock were flushed from the wetlands.

 Chiffchaff- again bearing a pollen horn
 The Firecrest remained at Nant on both days, becoming increasingly territorial against the over-wintering Goldcrests
 Grey Wagtail and Pied Wagtail
 After a two-hour drag-netting session, this Jack Snipe was trapped at the North end- the first to be ringed since the spring of 2011
The first two Dotted Borders of the year (middle) were trapped on the 7th, along with an Early Thorn (upper) and an Agonopterix umbellana

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