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21 Dec 2010

Winter Warblers

Three Blackcaps now making the most of the fat feeders hanging in the garden. 2 females & a male seen together. Amazing to think these birds may have come from Germany rather than migrate to Africa and that this is only a fairly recent phenomenon.

I managed to grab these shots through our conservatory window but still haven't managed to photograph the Moorhens yet who now expect to be fed every morning!




My father-in-law also has Blackcaps in his garden a couple of miles away so it seems the colder weather in northern Europe has caused more birds than usual to displace to our shores.

6 comments :

Colin S said...

Hi Phil

I had 3 Blackcaps (2m;1f) in my Wallasey garden in recent weeks.

Regards
Colin

Phil Woollen. said...

Be nice to get a ringed one Colin!

Mr Payne said...

http://btoringing.blogspot.com/2010/12/whats-going-on-with-wintering-blackcaps.html

Phil Woollen. said...

Saw that Mark. Hilbre recently caught a Dutch ringed Blackcap so it looks as if we are getting a continental influx and a few stay at home birds.

johnnicklin345 said...

Hi Phil

A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO
YOU AND ALL YOUR FAMILY

How come that Father Christmas brought you 3 Blackcaps for Christmas,but didn't bring me any !
I'm now in my 50th year and I don't believe in him anymore now !!!
I didn't realise that we were getting Blackcaps from Germany and Holland,I honestly thought that the birds that I was seeing were birds that had not returned home after the Summer months.

Cheers Denzil

Phil Woollen. said...

Denzil.
Thats one of the mysterys of bird migration that has been revealed through ringing. It's a fairly recent phenomonen.