The ringers were in this morning catching a mix of Blue and Great Tits a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a few finches including this rather fine male Siskin. There were also one or two Lesser Redpoll about again today, indicating a small passage as our wintering birds all disappeared a couple of weeks ago.
It was volunteer Thursday and the morning was spent clearing the Millennium Meadow, clearing the last of the coppice willow brash and putting up a range of nest-boxes. The boxes were our own make refurbished and some new ones made for us by inmates at HMP Kingston, Portsmouth.
I ate lunch in the Tern hide with some of the volunteers, looking about a Little Ringed Plover was found on the near shore, then there were two, in fact a pair already looking like they were an item. Out on the lake at least two Black-necked Grebe still, including one almost completely in breeding plumage. Sign of passage were provided by about 50 Pied Wagtails and a dozen or so Meadow Pipits, a few Linnets flying over were also possibly on the move.