Wednesday 3 April 2013

Has spring arrived!

With a cold March and still chilly easterly winds during the first few days of April, one would be forgiven thinking that spring had arrived. Well, the Chiffchaffs thought so, with good numbers reported along the south coast. The Group experienced this influx at its first spring mist-netting session. Eight were caught,including a control, details of ringing to be ascertained. One Chiffchaff had obviously travelled through some warm exotic locations with pollen clearly seen on its lower head around the bill. (see photograph). Although only 18 birds were caught it was good start and the small team were well satisfied.

I know, I did put my head in a trumpet flower! (photo Doug Rudge)

Comparison of the travellers (photo Doug Rudge)

Adrian, Barry, Neil & Peter admire their catches (photo Doug Rudge)