Very light breeze sometimes difficult to discern directions, but mainly southerly and definitely ended up a little fresher from the west. High cloud with occasional sunshine
Not too many new birds ringed today:
Lesser Redpoll 1
But a couple of retraps were of interest:
An "ancient" (in bird terms) male Chaffinch that was 6 years old. Most only live for 3 years but the longevity record is 13.
A Greenfinch that was ringed as an adult on Middleton NR last year also in April. Is it a passage bird? Or a breeding bird? We'll have to see if it is caught again later in the year.
The only other retrap was a Chiffchaff which is probably breeding on the reserve.
Middleton Nature Reserve
Angela reported that the Mallard now has only the two ducklings.
|This conspicuous loss of young birds always seems sad, but it's not|
inevitable, last year a female mallard on this pond, managed to
guide all 12 of her ducklings to adulthood.
This shot is actually from yesterday, Phoebe Russell managed to spot this common frog. There is always something to see if you look closely.
|Lesser Spotted Dogfish caught on a broken rig, survived in a pool just deep enough|