Daim, what a fresh morning we had!
As we opened the newly erected mist-nets (put them up yesterday), the great number of Red backed and Masked Shrikes around. Probably all arrived the previous night…till the end of the day we caught 8 Red's and seen over 30(!) Most being adults.
Here's one for you-
As I got to the "East bank" nets , a yellowish belly caught my eyes vibrating in the net . "what the hell is wrong with this Blackcap?!" crossed my mind. Two steps forward- "it's yellow! It's not smeared with Acacia pollen! Hey, that’s an Icterine Warbler!!"
A rare but regular migrant and a new hand species for me!(not very cooperative model though…)
Over 60 birds, 17 species, finally a descent ringing morning!
Other good birds- a beautiful adult Common Whithroat
A juv Orphean Warbler, quite a few of those are caught and seen these days.
Fun as always-
A late Olive tree Warbler was hopping around, a Lesser Grey Shrike, some Spotted Flycatchers…
Yesterday's evening, the relentless Yotam opened the Swallows ringing season, with a modest but encouraging 16 birds catch.
You can be sure- many more Swallows, carrying foreign rings will get down here soon…
Waders?....wagtails?! …stay tuned !