21st June 2017

All nets opened at 0415, some closed at 1100 and the rest at 1145. An excellent mornings ringing with 44 new birds of 17 species. These included the first fledgling Entita (Marsh Tit) of the year, another Mindre Korsnäbb (Common Crossbill), to give four for the year and six Ärtsångare (Lesser Whitethroat), some with well developed brood patches.

There was no public guiding today.

A further 17 Talgoxe (Great Tit) were ringed from 4 nest boxes to give 61 birds overall for the day. The Göktyta (Wryneck) nest box we found the other week was checked, with an adult present, 4 naked & blind young, two eggs and some eggs shell, suggesting the young are still hatching.

Tornseglare (Swift) continue to investigate the boxes, visiting every day now, with some perching. The next few days could be important in getting the site established, if not for this year then for the future.

If there is any energy left I will be strimming the grass around the Obs later while Kay replaces a broken window blind.

There will be two at the Obs overnight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: North, backing north-west
Wind strength: Strong, 8-13 m/s, decreasing
Temperature: 15
Visibility: Very good, >20km
Cloud Cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Great Spotted Woodpecker Större hackspett 1
House Martin Hussvala 2
White Wagtail Sädesärla 1
Blackbird Koltrast 2
Reed Warbler Rörsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 6
Whitethroat Törnsångare 1
Garden Warbler Trädgårdsångare 2
Marsh Tit Entita 1
Great Tit Talgoxe 21
Starling Stare 5
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 1
Chaffinch Bofink 2
Greenfinch Grönfink 12
Linnet Hämpling 1
Crossbill Mindre korsnäbb 1
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 1

of interest

Common Quail Vaktel 1 Calling near Bredmar 0400-0800
Common Snipe Enkelbeckasin 1 Flushed from football pitch
Common Swift Tornseglare 8 Investigating nest boxes at Obs