Saturday, 23 April 2011
After a couple of missed opportunities one of the 'traditional' ploughed and rolled fields held a couple of Wheatear today. This first year male was quickly enticed and on biometrics was found to be yet another 'Greenland' bird which is now to be expected in the third week in April.
A paper written by Tim Collins and NH for the next LROS report will demonstrate that most Wheatears moving through the Midlands from this time in to May are likely to be of this race. Tim has had over 20 at his site in Rutland this week and I have found 10 or so in fields round Whetstone & Blaby in the last three days (but most in places where I don't unfortunately have permission to ring).