We made the most of the long weekend and Ringed for three days this weekend. We had by far our best number of birds in the net with 43 birds in total. Away from the common residents the Warblers are still coming through with Willow Warblers being the most common. A few Blackcaps are still around with one or two Chiffchaffs still. On saturday we had literally just finished putting the nets up when we looked back and a bird flew into one of the nets straight away. We were surprised to see that it was a Tree Pipit (above), a superb start to the day! The next bird could be considered an even bigger surprise, an adult female Brambling (below). This is a very late record for a wintering species.
Mothing was still quite slow with 9 species recorded. Still, there were a couple of new ones for me, a Herald (above) and Shuttle Shaped Dart (below).
On friday evening Steve sent me a text to say he'd had superb views of 3 young Tawny Owl chicks at a well known spot to us. So after Ringing was finished on the saturday I went over to take a look. Sure enough the chicks were showing fantastically well.
On the Easter Monday I had an excellent hour at the Academy Pools. I finally caught up with the Lesser Whitethroat (above) that had been reported all week, and I also saw a lovely male Whinchat.