The breakdown of species is as follows:
Willow Warbler 56, Common Redpoll 23, Fieldfare 3, Redwing 9, Meadow Pipit 35, Bluethroat 43, Reed Bunting 93, Red Throated Pipit 2, Brambling 20, Greenfinch 7, Great tit 12, House Sparrow 2, Little Sting 1, Siberian tit 1, Blue Tit 1, White Wagtail 1, Lapland Bunting 7, Redstart 1. The highlights for the day being the Siberian Tit and the Little Stint for the group. On A personal basis the Lapland Bunting was again a new bird for me and I got to ring and process 2 of them.
The weather today was cool first thing and by mid morning we were enjoying sunshine at about 12 degrees centingrade, very warm for the Arctic.
This is the harbour in Nesseby, about 400metres from the ring site. When the sun comes out everywhere looks stunning.
Siberian Tit, in many ways looks so similar to the Willow Tit in the uk. Not a common bird by any means but the group thought that we should catch a few before returning home.
My first Lapland Bunting - the key features such as pink bill, chestnut greater coverts, long wings and overall a chunky feel really helped me when we caught the other 6. I was even able to identify them by feel in the bag.
Forecast for tomorrow looks good. Will it be Mipit heaven or Reed Bunting redemption, only tomorrow will tell.
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