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Thursday sightings

Posted by P Marsh 
Thursday sightings
November 25, 2004 08:29PM
32 Waxwings in a sycamore tree then flew off south

Malcolm Downham

Heysham Obs
Ad Med Gull outfalls
2nd W Med Gull sat on north harbour wall railings
JACK SNIPE flushed from Ocean Edge saltmarsh on incoming tide (unusual - usually needs to be higher than today)
Woodcock on reserve

As predicted, it looks like the Twite may be settling into a 25-30 bird wintering flock at Heysham Mound. Today's retrap data indicates a much more sedentary group with only 4 out of the 16 birds trapped being 'new' birds for this autumn. Previous catches have all included at least 48% which were birds recorded for the first time this autumn, revealing quite a high turnover. "Birds recorded for the first time this autumn" includes, of course, retraps from the two previous winters, not just unringed birds.

Please could you move on quickly if you do go down and the net is set(and certainly dont get out of your car to pass the time of day!). You are very welcome to see the processing once the net has been fired and gain a little insight into what is not always as easy species to age and sex.
Incidentally, there is a very tame 2nd W Med Gull there for any photographers. We are still having pigeon problems, despite firing the net over a load the other day!!

So far this autumn, 102 new birds have been ringed and approximately 55-60 retraps from previous years and perhaps the same number again of autumn 2004 birds lingering and being re-trapped

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