Sunday, December 4, 2011

The start of advent has brought more than a few chocolates (thanks Mrs E. for the calendars). We've also had the latest ever Pallas's Warbler, Sabine's Gull, Balearic Shearwater and Pomarine Skua. Giselle caught the Pallas's Warbler at the Obs and found it to be a female (short wing and tail), with reasonable fat reserves. It was the first AA ring used since the Pallas's Warbler we trapped exactly one month previously (it's not very often that consecutive rings are used in the UK on these stunning little Sibes).

This is the only Pallas's Warbler to be seen in the UK this December. The last to be seen elsewhere was one at Dungeness on the 23rd November. (c) Richard Brown

With such confiding scarcities around it's taken a while to sort through a bit of a photo backlog. These three headed past the Narrows back on the 28th November. The two young bernicla Brent Geese were last seen the previous day (they breed in Siberia). These three hrota birds have come from a different direction as they breed in Svalbard and Greenland. Both races overwinter in the UK, but these birds continued South without stopping. (c) Richard Brown

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