Light early east breeze freshened slightly and moved more SE. High cloud and hazy sun. At 18:30 the wind suddenly turned round to the SW bringing in heavy cloud for the anticipated overnight rain.
Ringing this morning:
We set four nets at Heysham NR by 06.30 this morning. Although the wind was much lighter than forecast the sky was open and grounded night migrants were not expected in numbers. However, this favoured passage Redpolls and a decent total of 22 was caught, including another one ringed elsewhere.
A Chiffchaff wearing a French ring was trapped and processed.
Birds trapped and ringed were:
Chiffchaff 2 plus one retrap plus one ringed elsewhere
Blue Tit 1 plus one retrap
Chaffinch 1 retrap
Greenfinch 1 retrap
Lesser Redpoll 21 plus one ringed elsewhere
Kevin also checked a bit later and took this shot of an Eider pair, you don't often see the female plumage as clearly as this.
|Pair of Eider out from the north sea wall|
There were two geese species using the main pond at Middleton, before it became too busy. Janet took these shots.
|a lovely Purple Thorn in the moth trap. Not particularly rare, but very attractive.|