Sunday, 26 April 2015
It was nice to catch my first Grasshopper Warbler of the year , after a " dip" in 2014.
One of my favourite birds.
Lets hope they have a good year in 2015.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
New Species for Hicks Lodge!
Thought this might be a new species, Swallow Tailed Warbler!
Just a Chiff that was regrowing part of its tail.
A returning Blackcap was good to catch and indicates that the habitat is attractive to this species.
In total we only caught 11 birds, but four Wilwa including a control was nice. Surprisingly the new species for the site was in the form of a female Chaffinch, taking our site species total to 33.
I only caught one bird this morning at Thornton, but it was an old friend!
At first I thought it might be a second summer bird returning from last year. There was some brown in the head. Not obvious in this image , but certainly in the one below.
The first and 6th tail feathers were not pointed although I thought they might be more rounded if it was an older bird.
All the greater coverts seemed the same.
You can see some brown in this image.
In fact I had first rung this bird on 3rd April 2011 as a second summer, so it is returning for its sixth summer. I had also retrapped it on 9/7/13.