Friday, 11 March 2016

Spring is here!


After the morning mist had cleared and some genuine spring sunshine in calm conditions materialised, so Common Buzzards began spiralling up everywhere...

Common Buzzard. A pale
individual but they can be
even whiter!

Despite seemingly reasonable conditions locally for spring passerine migrants, it was another day without new Chiffchaffs, a Wheatear or Sand Martin. However the week-end must yield these birds somewhere in the county...


Eleanor saw a Barn Owl in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton this afternoon but otherwise birds were sparse on the ground.

Chris Payne committed to some garden bird ringing at Greens Norton today and it was all about finches with successful catches of Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Siskin and Lesser Redpoll. These birds are on the move and are keen to bulk up on garden feeders before they embark on the next leg of their journey.


Neil M

Lesser Redpoll



Above three images courtesy
 of  Chris Payne.

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