Thursday, 10 September 2020

Quite a bit of morning movement

 Light southerly winds to begin with, then shifted more to west. Overcast all day.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Ringing session (JM. AD)

Weather conditions were ideal for mist netting, however, the solid cloud cover to the north and west was not great for bird passage. There was some movement after a quiet early period.

Ringing captures were reasonable with single figure numbers of five species of warbler: Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.

Other species ringed were:

Meadow Pipit - 4

Pied Wagtail - 1

Grey Wagtail - 8 (of 9 seen - a good capture ratio)

Robin - 2

Dunnock - 2

Wren - 1

Blue Tit - 5

Long tailed Tit - 2

Great Tit - 3

Moths caught were:

Square Spot Rustic - 1

Copper Underwing - 2

Flounced Rustic - 1 

Lesser Y U/W - 1 

Frosted Orange - 1

Evening (MD)
Just a quick check. 
Gadwall back down to 3
Little Grebe 2 - one still largely summer plumage, the other juvenile or winter plumage.

Visible migration report- focused on Ocean Edge shore (JR)
from 07:30-10:30 all south unless stated:
Meadow Pipit 48
Alba Wagtail 14
Linnet 8 (plus a gang of 13 roaming around)
House Martin 65
Swallow 95
Pink-footed Goose 224 
Sparrowhawk 1
Grounded: Wheatear 4

Mediterranean gull - there were just two resting on the beach next to the wooden jetty. One flew off and fed briefly on No.2 outflow.
Revealing itself to be a 2nd year bird in 2nd winter plumage 

Imperial way (Road to recycling centre) (PM)
This is the eastern boundary to the recording area
Whinchat 1 juvenile 
Buzzard 1 juvenile