Friday, 24 April 2015
Despite something of a change in weather conditions, it was once again another good day for common migrants, with many birds moving through the island and perhaps being held up by the more inclement conditions. Highlights from the day's ringing and censuses included the following: a flock of five Ring Ouzels over the Mountain, singles of Tree Pipit, Redwing and Spotted Flycatcher in the vegetated areas, and the usual Little Egret and Black Guillemot around The Narrows. Warbler counts for the day comprised five Grasshopper Warblers, six Sedge Warblers, six Whitethroats, 29 Blackcaps, 60 Chiffchaffs, 36 Willow Warblers and two Goldcrests.
Ringing has been pretty astounding this month. In the last ten days we have ringed almost 1300 birds, and so far this month we had done over 1600. This graph illustrates the month's data. The yellow colour represents A ring, which are used on Blackcaps and Grasshopper Warblers for example, whilst AA rings are placed on species like Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.
Blackcap numbers are just beginning to ease off now
This Little Egret is the longest staying bird for perhaps seven years
Linnets are busy gathering wool and small twigs for their nests within gorse bushes