15 October 2013

NRBO Autumn Visit - Day 2 (14 Oct)

Day 2 started up at Holland House with Simon, Steph and Stan for the morning mist netting session. I don't have full details of the session however species caught included Redwing (40+), Common Redpoll (Mealy and Lesser), Goldcrest, Blackcap and Wren.

During the morning session, after Stan and I had left, Simon heard the Bullfinch that had been seen the day before but it still stayed clear of the nets. Maybe tomorrow if it is still about.

I ringed four Redwing and a Redpoll and processed a retrapped Blackcap.

After breakfast Claire and I went for a stroll along the beach between the Obs and Howar. There were a number of wader species including three Oystercatchers, 16 Sanderling, 11 Turnstones and four Ringed Plover.
There was also a flock of 20 Snow Buntings which promptly disappeared everytime they landed on the beach just above the high water mark as they blended in so well with the background.

In the afternoon I went back up to Holland House to rejoin Simon and Steph. 

During this session I ringed a Redpoll, a Blackbird, a Linnet, a Chaffinch and a another Great Spotted Woodpecker. There were also a few Blackcaps retrapped.

Great Spotted Woodpecker
The forecast is for light winds tomorrow so it will be interesting to see what turns up.

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