Today saw the first ringing session at the Churchyard. Rob Sandham and Kelvin Jones have cleared an area of ferns and can now easily erect mistnets. This mornings going was slow but the potential was certainly there to see. By 9.30a.m. they ahd caught Goldcrest, 2 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush and a Chaffinch.
No sign of last nights Short eared Owl seen coming in off the sea by Rob Hughes (dodgy pic below). Not as many birds today although a male Ring Ouzel brightened up proceedings being seen by the dung heap and then in the hawthorns (dodgy picture below). Plenty of Redpoll were on the move with 80+ birds, many using the hawthorns to rest, a single Crossbill calling, 20+ Siskin, 5 Chiffchaff and 20+ Goldcrests. Coal Tit was also present as well as 100+ Meadow Pipit, 12 Pied Wagtails and 43 Woodpigeon through.
Rob Hughes' dodgy picture of a Short-eared Owl which came in off the sea last night - a sgreat sight.
Stonechats are busy nestbuilding on the limestones.
80+ Lesser Redpoll were seen in various sized groups. Only a matter of time before the first Mealie I hope.
A distant dodgy picture of today's Ouzel - can you spot it?
No Willow Warblers yet, but plenty of Chiffchaff about, including some singing birds.