A bit of a change from watching my patch today, as I had a ringing session over on our site a mile or so to the south of my patch. The weather was a bit of a let down, the very light winds that were promised became much more noticeable, not good for ringing as the nets get blown around!
We did manage to ring 20 birds though, they were:
Blue tit 2
Garden Warbler 1
Long Tailed Tit 2
We also re-trapped a Blackbird, a Blue Tit and a Chaffinch. The Blackbird was oringinally rung by us in June 2007.
After a well deserved sunday roast, I spent 90 minutes walking around Migrant Alley, to look over the Paddocks and sheep pasture for an early migrant, none there yet, but I did see a SPARROWHAWK go over with it's sunday dinner, better a still, a LITTLE OWL (59) called from the small copse that lies behind the Greenhouse Complex, the first recorded this month.
On the way home I took a brief look at the hedgerow in the Tree Nursery to get some butterfly photo's,
This Common Blue looked very fresh
Whilst below, is a possible Essex Skipper, Any one agree ? ( click on photo to enlarge)