Archives for: May 2008

2008-05-16

A hot day with a strong breeze

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Twenty birds ringed today with little change in the species being trapped - Kentish Plover chicks are everywhere but not always easy to catch, the Grey Francolins which are - cannot be ringed as their legs are too small. Olivaceous Warblers continue to be caught with the number of re-traps from last year now numbering six. Rufous Bush chats, Winchats, Bulbuls Crested Larks Willow and Reed warblers Ortolan Buntings and a single Yellow Wagtail made up the bag.


Olivaceous Warbler
Olivaceous Warbler

Olivaceous Warbler

Olivaceous Warbler

Olivaceous Warbler

Olivaceous Warbler

Winchats
Winchats

Winchats

Winchats

Winchats

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

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2008-05-11

Busy Friday morning

Permalink 06:27:09 pm, Categories: additional photos  

Today was busier than usual - no time for much photography alas as I was busy clearing the nets to keep Brendan supplied with birds to ring. Once again Willow Warblers dominated with Sedge, Whitethroat, Reed and Great Reed following on. Of the local breeding species Rufous Bush chats, White-cheeked Bulbul, and Spannish Sparrow were all ringed - Red-backed Shrikes continued to keep us on our toes as we lost no fingers to biting birds today. Swallow and Sandmartin despite their numbers eluded us today. Our returning Nightingale turned up again today - we have a few in fact that seem to like being re-trapped although it has to be said we did catch a fresh bird today.

The only bird photographed was this Red-Backed Shrike
Red-backed Shrike

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2008-05-08

windy afternoon but productive

Permalink 09:17:08 pm, Categories: additional photos  

Despite the strong breeze there were so many birds passing that we still managed to get 23 - A Good return on just a few hours. Great Reed and Willow Warblers dominated but we caught Swallow, Sand Martin, Reef Warbler, Isabelline Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, White-throat and Nightingale.

Couldn't resist photographing the Willow and Great Reed together - illustrates well just how big the Great is!
comparison

Redstart
Redstart

Young Female Red-backed Shrike
Red-backed Shrike

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2008-05-06

Short Afternoon

Permalink 10:13:25 am, Categories: additional photos  

It rained this afternoon - not enough to make the ground wet but a few large spots associated with a thunderstorm that passed to the north of us. Barred, Willow, Reed, Whitethroat Nightingale, Pied Wheatear and Swallow were all ringed in a very short but active burst of migrant activity. A Kentish Plover chick was ringed on site


Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Kentish Plover - Chick
Kentish Plover Chick

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2008-05-01

Another yuck weather day

Permalink 05:18:17 pm, Categories: additional photos  

More sand no vis however no wind but boy was was it hot and sticky.
Got dust in the camera as well so didn't take many photos of the species caught today. Olivaceous & Reed Warblers, Whitethroat, WC Bulbul, Nightingale and Thrush Nightingale, Ortolan Bunting, Isabelline Shrike, Redstart.

Reed Warbler
Reed Warbler

Reed Warbler

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