Friday, 16 March 2012

And they're off

Spring ringing got started this morning at Clouds hill out on the fleet. Been reading on the web that Portland bird observatory has started catching a few spring migrants so thought it was about time I had a go. On arrival all was quiet so got on with finishing my new net ride. Finished that after a hour or so and timed it well as a few Chiffchaffs arrived. Well... two in fact. Next net round produced both chiffs in the net.
Overhead passage was slow with just a few ‘alba’ Wagtails, about 70 Meadow Pipit which settled briefly in the field next my net site. They were quickly moved along by a female Merlin. Most notable sighting of the morning was a 3rd calendar year male Marsh Harrier (I think, only had brief views) which headed west up the fleet. Wouldn’t be surprised if it dropped into the swannery for a look around.

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