An early assessment on arrival suggested a single sheltered mist net and a bit of vis mig, followed by a quick check of the sea. In the end, the constant threat of 'proper' rain saw the net being taken down after 30 mins and the rest of the area given a bit of coverage .
Thanks to Professor David Norman for getting back to me over yesterday's close-ringed Lesser Redpoll. The reason David was familiar with the format on the ring can be found here http://www.davidnorman.org.uk/MRG/Siskin%20moult%20extremes.htm
It was ringed under the auspices of the International Ornithological Association (hence IOA on the ring). The 11 refers to 2011 along with the deep blue base colour year-code. The IOA were in contact today and will provide a town/village location (but obviously not the private address of the aviary) for the above bird. If anyone wants to have a look at their website access the following link:
The conversation with the IOA secretary included problems they have complying with the letter of the law re-Lesser Redpolls. Their legal documentation refers to Carduelis flammea pre-split (which is now, of course, the separate species Common Redpoll) and the legislation has not caught up, therefore in theory they cannot legally exhibit Carduelis cabaret = Lesser Redpoll. Maybe it will be sorted just as they are re-lumped! Thanks to IOA for getting back to us and setting in motion tracing the origin of this bird
They also confirmed that last year's close-ringed Lesser Redpoll (caught 25/3/12) was of French origin with the last two letters of the WOF code = ornithologiste francais (or spelling thereabouts!)...........but were not sure what the 'W' stood for.
Office area vis 0545-0615
Tree Pipit - 2 north
Lesser Redpoll - rather a lot but not possible to ring them this morning and a lot of the registrations were heard only. At least 10 separate registrations including one flock of 5 and absolute minimum of 20 birds.
Reed Bunting - a very late individual flew high to the north
Goldfinch - 5 north
Swallow - 17 NE
Wood Warbler - Singing male in the copse over the road from 0605-0610 only
Willow Warbler - At least 20 migrants, seemingly including at least three males (snatches of song). Moved rapidly inland as is typical for this species at this time of year - almost certainly several/a lot passed through prior to arrival
Chiffchaff - one presumed migrant caught
North harbour wall/Ocean Edge vis intermittently 0620-0800
Yellow (flava) Wagtail - one north 0720hrs
Swallow - 117 north along the seawall 0620-0640 but much lower numbers thereafter/the flightline changed
Sand Martin - 2 north
Whimbrel - noisy flock of 16 heading north at 0640, 2 singles thereafter
Goldfinch - 6 north
No terns or any other seabirds seen in flight!
Wheatear - 4 together by the sandworks 0620, flew inland along the seawall, just 2 on Ocean Edge. All 'large'
Whinchat - female heliport area
Willow warbler - two on the mound in the gorse
Turnstone - c260 - very noisy and restless and may have included some incoming migrants
Guillemot - one on the sea