27 Mar 18

Obs garden, Helen's Field and Culverwell

A flying visit to the obs to see what Spring migrants had arrived. When I spoke to Peter (The Prof) Morgan, he was telling me that the next Chiffchaff in the mist nets would be number 75 for the day. I think its fair to say there were a lot of Chiffchaffs about, and unsurprisingly 2 male Sparrowhawks working the huts and Observatory garden for an easy meal.

Here are a few images from today:

A juvenile male Sparrowhawk in moult

This juvenile male Sparrowhawk was on the lookout for Spring migrants.

At this time of year it can be a bit confusing as to whether a Chiffchaff is a Willow Warbler or visa versa.

Leg colour used to be a key. Dark legs Chiffchaff, straw coloured Willow Warbler. I'll let you decide on this one. This might help Here.

Birds Recorded: Cormorant, 2 male Sparrowhawk, 3 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Kestrel, Pheasant, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 10+ Chiffchaff, 8+ Goldcrest, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Raven, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

Ships Today

This is the bulk cargo carrier, SSI Nemesis flying the flag of the Marshall Islands. It is on its way to Portland Harbour from Santarem, Brazil. This port is on the Amazon River Here. More on this vessel Here.