8 Jul 2011

Bath time.

Not much to report this week as the dreary weathers meant I haven't got out much. Our local female Blackbird has been making good use of the bird bath and I managed t oring 9 Swallow pullus and 3 adults with JE at a farm on the Wirral. Amazingly one of the pullus we ringed last year was controlled at Leighton Moss later the same year and birds from this site have been recovered in S Africa.

Signs of impending autumn are all around us now with the Rowan berries beginning to ripen and attract the attention of the Blackbirds. Two juvenile Chiffchaffs have appeared and taken up temporary residence by the pond adjacent to the house and Hilbre caught a (very) juvenile Redstart and  a juvenile Blackcap. Another 3 months and we'll be heading for Shetland. Before then theres a couple of pelagic trips to look forward to on the Scillies with Joe Pender and the Sapphire.

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