It seemed like plenty of birds were itching to move and every now and then a few Meadow Pipits dashed through and gave a taste of what could have been had the conditions been better. Grey Wagtails weren't daunted by the conditions either and a total of 7 went south before the fog eventually cleared at around 10am. Other birds with itchy feet included a few Skylarks, Chaffinches, Lesser Redpolls, Siskins and Reed Buntings.
|It was good to catch another 2 Grey Wagtails but without the fog I would have probably caught 4 or 5.|
|Grey Wagtails are easy to age with first year birds usually having 1 or more unmoulted greater coverts. This bird had only replaced 1 greater covert and this feather stands out as being darker and fresher looking than the 9 unmoulted feathers.|
|It is getting late for Whitethroats now and this one could end up being the latest record for the site this year|
Ringing totals were better than I had expected given the foggy conditions but fell short of what I had hoped for in terms of numbers if not variety. The Woodpigeon was a nestling from a nest I have been watching for several weeks now. The nest is only 4ft off the ground in a hawthorn bush and is the lowest Woodpigeon nest I have ever found.
|A well fed Woodpigeon nestling.|