Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Good morning ringing at one of our other sites just to the east of Fakenham. It is a great little site with good selection of habitats that pick up a variety of species. Real spring-like weather produced a good number of moving finches with the highlights being 7 siskin (new bird ringed) and 7 goldfinches. Other goodies included a female nuthatch which delighted in drumming Keiths' fingers, and a marsh tit. Ended up with 24 new and 27 re-traps including a controlled goldfinch from another site.
There were also plenty of other bits about including 4 displaying buzzard, 3 sparrowhawks, 2 singing marsh tits, med gull and the first bumblebee of the year.

male siskin, female siskin, female nuthatch
Decided to head off to Holkham but very quite now the geese have gone - only 21 pinkies were still on the marshes. At least 5 buzzards displaying over Holkham Park and 4 female marsh harriers over the grazing marsh. Nipped over to Wells harbour for the black brant as I haven't caught up with any yet this winter. Got good views of it bathing in the harbour channel but the photos were rubbish.

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