Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Velator reserve

Ringing this morning was a bit slow, but mostly migrants ringed:
5 Swallows, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Sedge Warblers and 2 Reed Warblers. Also ringed the 8th, 9th and 10th Kingfisher so far this year, and new to the reserve, a Tree Pipit.

A couple of days ago, I came home from the village (Braunton) and saw female Sparrowhawk perched on my terrace. On seeing me it flew (nearly into the lounge window!) then a short circuit of the terrace (missing my wife who was outside reading!) and on up above the woods above the village, where it was sort of attacked by a juvenile Peregrine which made several half-hearted stoops at it, which it easily avoided. It then disappeared and the Peregrine circled up and away. Just wondered if it was originally perched hiding from the greater menace above?