Wednesday, 28 March 2012
As a control, to ensure that there is no colour-preference where certain colours are not used because of their brightness, or association with other materials, I have placed small samples of all 10 colours - Light Blue, Dark Blue, Yellow, Red, Pink, Lilac, Black, Brown, Green, Orange.
The Blue Tit photographed above has already used the wool (even though it's only March 28th!) and has taken Brown, Orange, Yellow, Pink and Red from the samples.
I literally can't wait to both start my Atherton Woods experiments, and to also check the next box in my neighbour's garden at the end of the season to see the psychedelic lining!
Monday, 26 March 2012
KnotLots of migrants were about today with 6 Little Ringed Plover, 15 Sand Martin, 25+ Chiffchaff, passage Meadow Pipits and Redpolls.
In addition, a Knot and 2 Dunlin on No1 pit were very nice and the former is a species I always try and see at Brockholes when they turn up. The Dunlin were new in, which was a bonus as again, these are one of my favourite birds to turn up at Brockholes.
PeacockButterflies seemed to be out enjoying the sun, with Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells all waking up after their long winter sleep.
Little Ringed Plover
Sunday, 25 March 2012
I will be back at Brockholes tomorrow with the intension of spotting more migrants including hirundines of which I am yet to see, even though it's almost April!
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Hope you enjoy these and please be patient with my lack of blogging. The Spring is in full swing now, so expect many a migrant post over the next few weeks!
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Moving onto another site, we failed to see any more Woodcocks, but Chris hilariously managed to attract a Woodpigeon down from the top of a 50 foot tree! Very impressive!
A very enjoyable night and a big thanks to Chris for catching the birds and to Rob for doing the driving.
We caught 71 birds during the morning including - Great-spotted Woodpecker, Dunnock, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Chaffinch and House Sparrow.
We caught 2 House Sparrow including a retrap, which I thought was pretty exciting because House Sparrows are very clever and can avoid the net with general ease. To caught a retrap was even better! Perhaps this was a slightly simpler House Sparrow! A really enjoyable morning and great to get out handling fantactic passerines. Can't wait to get back out!