Friday 19 April 2024

A farm in North Norfolk - 18th April 2024

 This morning we took advantage of a brief window of opportunity, between the showers and wind gusts, to monitor migrants and resident species, using a small copse at the farm as the breeding season commences.

Despite the chilly temperatures, and this date being within  the second  half of April when the weather might be expected to settle a little, we captured 28 birds with half of these being migrant warblers. Some of the 7 Chiffs and 6 Blackcaps were already showing signs of preparation for breeding. We were particularly pleased with a Lesser Whitethroat. The absence of Whitethroat, either seen or heard, was notable.

Lesser Whitethroat

Female Blackcap with feeding residue on upper mandible 

Among the residents there were plenty of individuals with CP or brood patches coding 2 or 3 so the young will be around in a few short weeks. 

6M Bullfinch

5F Bullfinch

6M Yellowhammer

Total: 26 (2)

Blackbird - 0 (1)
Blackcap - 6
Blue Tit - 2
Bullfinch - 2
Chiffchaff - 7
Dunnock - 2
Goldcrest - 2
Great Tit - 1
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Robin - 1 (1)
Yellowhammer - 2