More Mipits

Sunday, September 18th 2016

As readers of the blog know the Mipit Season starts around the end of August and continues on to the beginning of October.  The number of days we can ring at the Crater is heavily dependent on the weather.  We have had two full days ringing already with almost perfect conditions.  Today was not quite as good as the wind was a little stronger than forecast, but nearly 200 Meadow Pipts were ringed and some Goldfinch and Reed Buntings also appeared in the mist nets.  Another Whitethroat was processed which is an unusual species for the Crater.  We caught three birds that had been processed on previous days.

On arrival, the nets were raised to a beautiful sunrise,

Sunrise

which became more impressive as the sun rose.

Sunrise

We also had moonset! The moon was reflected in the pool where the Mipits can be seen drinking..

Moonset and reflection

Net rounds were, as always, carried out regularly.

Return from a net round

Sitting at the ringing station, other birds can be seen flying around.  Buzzards soar on the thermals, Snipe flew over calling, and Skylark also made an appearance.  These geese, possibly Canada, flew over in typical v-shape formation, before the photograph could be taken!

V-shape formation

It was another busy day and thanks go to the ringers who helped.


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