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Red band, left leg.

Posted by on March 16, 2014 5:27 PM | 

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This thing didn't really know what it was meant to be today as it ripped about Crossens Inner and Marshside Two in the drizzle.
Warden Alex Pigott and I watched it hover like a Kestrel, speed along low like a Merlin and try circling high like a proper Peregrine should - all odd behaviour for a wild bird, and suspicions were further aroused when it landed on the posts on Marshside Two to reveal a broad red band/ring on its left leg.

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It put the willies up everything though, Golden Plover, Blackwits, Lapwings, even the feral Barnacle Goose tried looking wary, before the gulls homed in and began mobbing shifts, sending the identity-crisis troubled falcon off south.

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Looked like a young Peregrine in most respects, but I would have anticipated a bit more in the way of jesses, gps tags and jewellery etc on falconer's bird these days than just a red band.
No metal ring visible on it's great big galooty yellow feet and legs.
Anyone know anything about this bird?
It was a diversion from the migrant-less nature of the Sandplant compound, bar a few Mipits and a Goldcrest, but at least it was warmer than yesterday afternoon at the marsh, when the Avocets must really have been wondering about the wisdom of expanding north as a cruel wind sliced across the site.

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22 alba wags were on the short grass of Crossens Outer, but they were all Pieds.
Didn't get a chance to get up that way today.
Walked from Formby to Ainsdale through the woods yesterday morning, but it was quiet apart from Siskins, a few buzzy Redpolls going over, several Buff-tailed Bumblebees and two Stock Dove on the Ainsdale Link Path.
Nowt to ease my Wheatear withdrawal there - any day now.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...

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A nice walk in the vineyards, woods and hills above Montreux early yesterday morning produced Black Redstart, Firecrest, Marsh Tit, Alpine Chough, Sparrowhawk and calling Green Woodpecker.

Chiffchaff singing in Coronation Park, Ormskirk, late morning today.

The BTO is calling for members of the public to look out for thrushes, in particular those that will be leaving our shores for northern and eastern Europe over the next few weeks, birds such as the Redwing and Fieldfare.
This winter folk have been monitoring thrushes for the BTO, and the response has been fantastic: more than 640,000 birds have been recorded since mid September from almost 3,000 locations throughout the UK. However, monitoring the arrival of birds is far easier than keeping check on their departure. The arrival of Fieldfares at the beginning of the winter is eagerly awaited by birdwatchers and is well recorded but when numbers begin to dwindle during the last days of winter the departure of birds is easily overlooked.
John Marchant, Winter Thrushes Survey organiser at the BTO, said, “The survey comes to an end in mid April and the next few weeks are critical for logging the departure of our winter-visiting thrushes. Please register a ‘winter walk’ for the survey at www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/winter-thrushes and tell us what’s happening in your area.”
This has been the second and final winter of the survey. To help the BTO and for more information, please visit www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/winter-thrushes.

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