Friday 2nd September – Durlston   Leave a comment

Making the most of this fine and still weather, we were back at Durlston this morning. 99 birds were ringed (we just couldn’t catch that last one before we had to leave).

Highlights, another Grasshopper Warbler, a Green Woodpecker, Tree Pipit and a Spotted Flycatcher plus a few hirundines. Lets hope this effort is rewarded with some useful data from controls (a bird trapped by another ringer) and recoveries.

The dirt on the bill of this immature Green Woodpecker is due to it foraging for ants.

 

As there are plenty of tall trees near to where we ring, flycatchers seldom descend to net level. The fresh plumage and buff tips to the coverts identify this Spotted Flycatcher as a first year.

 

The dull plumage and pale tips to the tertials show that this House Martin is a first year.

 

 Interesting sightings included a high flying  juvenile Marsh Harrier.
 
 

Posted September 2, 2011 by gryllosblog in Uncategorized

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