Tuesday, 14 May 2013

The highlights of a much calmer day included a Common Redstart, a Garden Warbler and a Tree Pipit at Cristin, a Reed Warbler in Cristin Withy and  six Spotted Flycatchers scattered around the island. Larger numbers of common migrants saw 17 Sedge Warblers, five Common Whitethroats, eight Blackcaps, nine Willow Warblers and 18 Chiffchaffs, whilst finch movements during the morning amounted to over 46 Goldfinches, 14 Lesser Redpolls and 11 Siskins.
Two Bar-tailed Godwits were seen around the Narrows at high tide, along with 15 Whimbrels, a Dunlin, a Purple Sandpiper and a Turnstone.

 Male Linnet
 Spotted Flycatcher

And some pictures of today's ringing activities:
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Garden Warbler (c) Steve Stansfield
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The Blackcap from just under a week ago bearing the Italian ring was re-trapped at Cristin
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Some rather stunning male Lesser Redpolls were also caught
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We have now ringed over 205 Goldfinches this year, breaking the previous highest annual total which was set in 2010

 And finally... a parting shot of a Yellow Dung Fly

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