Tuesday, 29 July 2008

After a period of heavy overnight rain, I thought there may be a chance of a migrant or two at migrant alley this morning. I left a bit earlier for work and gave the fields and maize crop a good scan, but no migrants were found. I did here a SONGTHRUSH, and a YELLOWHAMMER singing loudly, as I walked along Ashes Lane though, and 14 GREY LAG GEESE flew south as I was looking over the Maize.
This afternoon I took a walk through the tree nursery, where a stack of canes had been left for me to mark any nests I may find, thus saving them from over zealous strimming. I think they will be more use next spring, but it is a step in the right direction. A few Meadow Brown butterflies and Gatekeepers were on the wing here, but the strengthening wind wasn't helping. I didn't find a single bird in the nursery, well, apart from two GREEN WOODPECKERS. On to Migrant alley for a second search, but I fared no better here, just ROOKS, PIED WAGTAILS and a couple of LINNETS. I sat on my skywatching seat and watched for over an hour, but all I saw were HERRING GULLS.

Last night I watched from my window across the fields to migrant alley, but the only thing of note were two LITTLE OWLS on the fence posts.

An update on sundays ringing session - We caught a BLACKCAP, which we had originally caught on the 10th Aug. 2005, It was also caught on the 2nd July 2006 ! Just think of the miles this bird has put in two and from the continent.
We also re-trapped a DUNNOCK that we originally ringed on 18 of June 2006, it was also caught on the 31st July 2007. Nice to see it surviving!!

I got home and did some garden watching, plenty of BLUE and GREAT TITS. Also this cheeky Squirrel eating my expensive Sunflower hearts!
A Juv. GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER was preferring to take Cob Nuts from the cob tree, it flew up into the large leylandii, wedged the nut in a tree fork and hammered it open. All that, there's plenty of peanuts in the feeder!

Elderberries are starting to ripen, more food for migrant warblers. Elder trees are a good place to find birds when the tree is heavy with fruit.

Birds were hard enough to find this afternoon, and I could have done without this thing flying in to the local pub, obviously not his local or he could have walked !! Bloody noisey!


Greenie said...

Warren ,
You were doing so well until the last paragraph , when the pills suddenly wore off , and the 'Grumpy Old Man Syndrome' returned . Perhaps upping the dose might help .

Warren Baker said...

oooops! sorry greenie. However, I don't want to give the impression my patch is some sort of paradise where birds just saunter in to visit me. There are numerous wildlife disturbances and I give a balanced view of what goes on around my patch, bleat, bleat, whinge, - quick where's me pills!!!!!!!!!

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Steve said...

great post warren....is that a male or female chopper?

fishing guy said...

Warren: I must say that last capture is the biggest bird you've shown lately. That squirrel of yours is quite the acrobat.

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