Friday, 17 July 2015

Kestrel returns (again) and grey wagtail a&s (at last)

17th July 15           morning                mid section

mostly cloudy,warm, 17-18°c, 1008mb,  SW 8-10 mph

The kestrel we had over most of last winter was a 1st winter male ( ie born last summer ) the bird I had today was a 1st summer male ( ie 1 year old, born last summer. get it )( I know it's confusing, wait till we get into the gull family, ie 1w, 1s, 1cy, 2w and on and on. the bigger gulls have 4 years as immatures ) anyway. Its likely that its the same individual that has paid us a visit two or three times over this spring/summer.
  The grey wagtail on the brook by the Prefabs looks like the male of the pair that nested near Meccano bridge earlier this year. At last i've had a front on view before it's flown off today.
   Apart from the above it's been a very quiet day, indeed week.
News from wed 15th.  a family of 8 mistle thrush were on the field east of the Wetlands before being flushed.

Mallard few Staffs & Wocs
Kestrel 1 1s ♂ 1  1s ♂  hunting over Barleyfield,
Moorhen 2 juv 1 juv Wetlands,   1 juv Prefabs,
Black Headed Gull 13 Compton Field
Lesser Black Backed Gull odds over mid section
Swift odds over mid section
Swallow 1 over The Paddock
House Martin 20+ mid section
Grey Wagtail 1♂ 1 washed out ♂ ( from Sb nest ? ) Smestow  Prefabs,
Wren 4 singing mid section
Dunnock 1 singing The Paddock
Blackbird 2 singing 1 Paddocks,  1 Barleyfield,
Song Thrush 2 singing The Paddock
Mistle Thrush 4 ( 2+ imm ) Wetland Fields
Whitethroat calls Hanging Grds,
Blackcap 1 singing Hanging Grds 
Chiffchaff 3 singing mid section
Long Tailed Tit c6 Station Paddock
Chaffinch 2 ( 1♂) Graiseley Culvert,
Goldfinch few mid section

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