It has been a tad breezy down this way lately, what with the wind coming from the north-west down the Irish Sea. Although that means the old orchard net is sheltered somewhat, the new orchard net (the orchard is new-ish, not the net) does billow a bit at times. Just have to keep an eye on things, that's all.
August is the month of the House Sparrows. This year seems to have been a good one for them. A few more and it'll be a 'ton-up'. All youngsters, of course; you won't catch a wily adult hitting the net very often, or even a second time offender amongst the teenage ranks!
Birds of some interest (that means I don't catch them very often) this period include another Collared Dove (makes three this year), a Woodpigeon, a Sedge Warbler, a Garden Warbler and the eleventh Pied Wagtail of the year.
|Juvenile Garden Warbler|
[note the grey collar]
|Juvenile Sedge Warbler|
[If it was an adult, it would be very abraded]
[Always fascinated by the shape of their iris]
To the chase! All juveniles unless indicated otherwise.
Woodpigeon 1 - adult
Collared Dove 1 - adult
Dunnock 2 (2)
Robin 8 (2) - r/t adult female 1 year old
Blackbird 2 (2)
Sedge Warbler 1 - only one so far this year
Garden Warbler 1 - a second bird in two weeks! Scarce around here.
Blackcap 3 (1)
Long-tailed Tit 2 (10) - 2 r/t adults, 1 year & 2 years old
Blue Tit 10 (4)
Great Tit 1 (3)
House Sparrow 12 (2) - a new, adult male!!
Greenfinch 1 (1)
Goldfinch 13 (3) - a new ad. male, 2 r/t ad. females, 1 of them caught 967 days ago (December) as a 1CY
|Juvenile Robin undergoing PJ moult|
|Juvenile Robin at the end of PJ moult|
|Juvenile Blue Tit nearing the end of PJ moult|
|Juvenile Blue Tit - renewing old greater coverts unevenly|
[notice that the alula & primary coverts are "original"]