A strong SE wind prevented some nets being opened but the rest were opened at 0415 and closed at 1100 with just three new birds – all Linnet (Hämpling).
Three nest boxes checked this afternoon with a further 8 Great Tit (Talgoxe) chicks ringed from two boxes and a brood of six Redstart (Rödstjärt) at the last one to give 17 birds of three species for the day.
Further disappointment at the Swift (Tornseglare) site with another egg found below the box. It may be that a new male has taken over the site as it is known that they will sometimes eject the old males eggs to ensure he will be looking after his own offspring. We will wait and see but for the time being one bird is in the box most of the day being regularly visited by another. At least two further swift are associating with the site, visiting the Observatory often through the day.
There will be two at the Obs overnight: Chris & Kay.
|Strength:||Strong, 7-9 m/s|
|Cloud cover:||Almost clear, 1-2/8|