football prevented me from waking up at silly o'clock the last ringing morning after my incredible trip up to Derbyshire. But today I was raring to go after a 3 weeks absence from ringing duties, so what better place to go to than the Salisbury Plain, the British Mainland Bird Migration Capital!
As all you have picked up the weather hasn't been its finest, this caused a major lack of Warblers that you'd expect at this time of year passing through to their breeding grounds. However you have to go through the lows to encounter the highs (is that a made up expression?) Our high was nothing short of beautiful in any way, shape or form. I'm really hitting these quotes aren't I!?
Thanks to North Wilts ringing group: Blackcap 11 (3), Whitethroat 1 (2), Redstart 1, Linnet 6, Goldfinch 1, Great Tit 3 (1), Blue Tit 0 (3), Long Tailed Tit 4, Goldcrest 2, Wren 1 (2), Blackbird 2 (1), Song Thrush 1, Yellowhammer 1 (1), Robin 0 (2), Dunnock 0 (5), Chaffinch 0 (1)
There was still yet to be the star of the show for me though, a bird that has been in the news regularly in the past few weeks for negative reasons, and that is the Hen Harrier. A male giving us prolonged views. Sadly though I didn't have my camera on me at the time but watched it grace the long grass in search of prey. This was in fact the first one I have seen inside the Wiltshire boundaries so was very special to me!
Yep, so thanks again to my trainer for a quiet, yet special day with two stand outs.
I had also found in the days round then a Blackbird's nest in my Garden that I thought I'd share with you...