Saturday, 3 May 2014

Catch Up

Spoonbill (Friday 25th April) Plenty of bling but no information from ringers yet. The Barn Owl Ring I found recently did provide some information:

Ringing Scheme: London        Ring Number: GC73344        Species of bird: Barn Owl 
This bird was ringed by Northumbria RG as age nestling, sex unknown on 21-Jun-2013 at Holy Island, Northumberland
OS Map reference NU1343, co-ordinates 55deg 41min N 1deg 48min W.
It was found on 22-Feb-2014 at near Chibburn Farm, Northumberland
OS Map reference NZ2597, co-ordinates 55deg 16min N 1deg 36min W.
The bird was Freshly dead    Road Casualty
It was found 246 days after it was ringed, 48 km from the ringing site, direction SSE.

Finally saw my first House Martin and photographed a Swallow, well you have to, don't you.

Nine Barnacle Geese were an unexpected discovery Cresswell 1st May (although I was informed that 5000 were still at Caerlverock las week). My first Swift of the year was over Chev S Pool later in the day.

Today (3rd May) I started at Druridge and managed a nice snap of the GWE then to Cambois with ST. A great walk in the resticted access area (Thank goodness we didn't find anything rare.) saw some great wildlife. Two more Swifts headed North but news of a Bonelli's Warbler didn't tempt me to visit Newbiggin.

The first fledged Stonechats capped a good day. The gape isn't very obvious so I'm guessing they fledged early last week.

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