Rose City Bird Observatory and also Area Centre: 21st September

A beautiful millpond-calm, cozy and also warm day gave an extremely different types listing however, hirundines and also Field Pipits apart, valuable little in the method of numbers.

Rose City Costs

Migrants Ingest c2500, Home Martin c2000, Field Pipit c500, Sand Martin c200, with reduced total amounts consisting of Grey Heron 5, Merlin 2, Little Egret 1, Turtle Dove 1.

Sea flow Usual Scoter 21w 1e, Velour Scoter 15w, Dunlin 10w, Arctic Skua 3w 1e, Sandwich Tern 2w, Dark-bellied Brent Goose 1e.


Firecrest 1.


Dunlin 124, Ringed Plover 119, Bar-tailed Godwit 6, Turnstone 6, Knot 5, Curlew 4, Sanderling 1, Usual Sandpiper 1.


Chosen immigrants Obs: Rusty-dot Pearl 11, Thrill Veneer 11, Fragile 5, Pearly Underwing 4, Turnip 3, European Corn-borer 1, Vestal 1, Convolvulus hawkmoth 1, Dark Sword Yard 1, Scarce Bordered Straw 1, Silver Y 1. Grove: Vestal 1, Convolvulus Hawkmoth 1.

It’s an unfortunate state of events that nowadays whenever you see – late alone catch – a Turtle Dove you feel you require to have a truly great consider it simply in instance it’s the last one you ever before slap eyes on. As holds true with rather well all our fall catches of this types, today’s bird was an adolescent. These children differ enormously in look which apparently associates with whether they’re from the very first or 2nd brood (obviously they in some cases also have 3 broods): very first brood birds molt even more of their quill prior to movement than do birds from the 2nd brood. Our bird has a lot of adult-like future generation plumes in, for instance, its wing coverts that we’re presuming it needs to be a very first brood bird; look into additionally exactly how extremely much longer the future generation internal 2 primaries are than the adolescent external primaries …

… We make certain we have actually obtained some good photos of most likely later brood children however the just one we might lay our hands on immediately was of this bird from pre-digital times, 21st October 1997; having actually molted much much less of its adolescent quill, this person’s entirely plainer with just the lightest touch of even more richly-coloured, chestnut and also black adult-like wing coverts © Martin Cade:

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