I was up at crazeee o clock this morning (or was it still last night?!) to participate in a ringing / banding session on 100 Acre with Devilbirder (DB). The nets were up in good time for daybreak and then the waiting game began.
The day started off at a trickle then a green monster a Ring necked Parakeet hit one of the nets and then its pals joined it in quick succession. The extractions were careful and timely with the parrots claiming a moral victory in the process. The bite does not come anywhere close to a Rufous Browed Peppershrike but made processing the four birds an interesting venture! This species was new for both of us all were released unharmed with a sly grin on their faces!
The second new species for me turned up later on in the morning. A Common Whitethroat which was as docile as can be. Blackcap, Blackbird, Great Tit and Wrens completed the day. In the skies above a couple of Yellow Wagtail were seen and a few Sand Martin. Christian set his scope only to hand DB an Iceland Gull which was sat on a roof opposite the Incinerator.
The migrants are slowly filtering through but I can but wonder if there will be a crazy rush of birds from the continent when the ideal weather conditions are met. Tomorrow will be a stupid o clock start giving me a well earned lie in!!