Monday, November 09, 2009

The morning was spent ringing at Oxmoor LNR, Halton, where highlights included an adult Redwing (below), a Magpie, a Linnet and 9 Lesser Redpolls.

The afternoon was spent up on Southport beach trying, and failing, to relocate the Shore Lark that had been there until that morning at which point it flew north never to be seen again (edit: at least not until Tuesday morning when, frustratingly, it was back on the beach again!). A minimum of 6 Twite were buzzing around overhead and the gull flock contained two metal-ringed Black-headed Gulls, sadly too far off to be able to read the ring numbers (or even work out if they were British rings or not).
At Sands Lake, Ainsdale, there was a single drake Shoveler as well as big numbers of Tufted Duck and Mallard. A lot of the Mallard were resisting the temptation of free bread and staying in a flock in the middle of the far and of the lake; immigrant birds, perhaps? The male of the resident pair of Mute Swans (currently with 3 young in tow) left the water just enough to allow its darvik ring to be read - DLS.

Thanks to Kane Brides and Wes Halton for digging out the history on this bird: it was ringed at Sands Lake, so a grand total movement of 0 km. Not very exciting... but, the bird was ringed as an adult in January 1992, making it at least 20 years old!!!