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Sunday, 18 April 2010

Frost, Fog and Sunshine.

Saturday 17th April saw some of the group with Derek  (on a pass from Suffolk) at Winterton.
The nets were erected and furled the night before, this proved to be a bad move. When we arrived at 5.30am to open the nets we were greeted by frost and frozen nets with fog as well !
The nets were delicately opened , but with the zebra striped nets and the fog we could forget about catching much.

Frosty and Foggy start.

It took a couple of hour's before it thawed and the fog to lift , then it was wall to wall sunshine.

All very nice but not good for catching birds.

However we did manage to ring 22 new and get 7 retraps. With the 2nd. Cetti's for the site and the first Blackcaps of the year.

4F Cetti's Warbler

5M Blackcap

Ringing list, retraps in brackets;
Wren 2 (2) One originally ringed in 2008
Dunnock  (2) One from 2007 
Robin 1
Cetti's Warbler 1
Blackcap 3
Chiffchaff 5
Willow Warbler 3
Blue Tit 1
Great Tit 2 (1)
Treecreeper  (1)
Chaffinch 1
Goldfinch  (1)
Yellowhammer 1
Reed Bunting 2

5M Yellowhammer

5F and 5M Reed Bunting

At 10am with the temperature rising 9 Common Buzzard and a Female Marsh Harrier were seen circling above us. The Buzzards drifted off South and the Harrier went West.
Sevaral Brimstone and Peacock butterflies were seen, also a Common Lizard and Gary found a superb Adder skin.

Later on in the afternoon a shopping trip to Great Yarmouth had a slight detour to Bure Park to see a pair of Garganey that had taken up residence on the local park lake.

Male Garganey

Also at home the first Comma of the year was seen nectaring on a Berberis.
The Blackbirds have hatched and have 3 chicks and another one was found with the female on eggs.


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