Tuesday 5th December 2017

Tristis 05-12-2017

Siberian Chiffchaff, South Milton Ley, 5th December 2017

A forecast of low winds from the south, rather than the cold northerlies of the previous few days, tempted me out today. Winter looks to have arrived in earnest at South Milton Ley with the phragmites all turned brown, most trees without any leaves and, for the first time since the spring, not a sign of a dragonfly or butterfly. The hedgerows around the reserve have all been stripped of their berries and the thrushes have moved on.

Cetwa 05-12-2017

Adult female Cetti’s Warbler, South Milton Ley, 5th December 2017

Ringing was slow but steady enough to stave off the cold. 29 new birds were trapped including: 13 Chiffchaff, (including the second tristis of the winter), 1 Firecrest, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Song Thrush. Also 1 UK control Goldcrest, 2 returning wintering Chiffchaffs and 2 re-trap Cetti’s Warblers.

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Cetti’s Warbler – the only passerine in the UK with ten tail feathers rather than the usual twelve.

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