Monday 19th April 2021 – Avian lockdown?

Another cold and frosty start greeted me this morning and, for the second time in a row, conditions were almost perfect for ringing with just a gentle NE breeze and clear skies. However, the persistent blocking area of high pressure over the UK seems to have stopped migration in its tracks with birds being held up in N Africa and S Europe. It was as if they were observing their own lockdown! An all-time spring low of 18 were trapped in a five-hour session with just six new birds amongst them. The first Sedge and Reed Warblers of the year and three passage swallows provided a glimmer of hope but my time was more profitably spent continuing to clear grass from between the boards in Marsh Ride using hand shears.

Final totals were: 1 Blackbird, 3 Blackcap, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Robin, 1 Sedge Warbler and 3 Wren.

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