Two more days at Ottenby

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It has been getting worse and worse, and today there were rain storms for most of the morning. I managed to stay indoors until after the banding was done, and then someone reported a Pacific/American Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva/dominica a few hundred metres from the station, and we all got into the cars and drove up there in the rain. We found a flock of Eurasian Golden Plovers Pluvialis apricaria with a single Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola, and then found out that the bird watcher who had originally reported the bird had withdrawn his observation; it was the Grey he had seen, but in the rain he had mistaken it. We all got wet and cold for no good reason.

Yesterday we caught nine birds (!) none of which had lice. A Garganey Anas querquedula was caught in the duck trap in the afternoon, and this did have some Anatoecus.

Today, I searched another ten birds (nine of which were White Wagtail Motacilla alba), and none of them had lice either. We did catch two Sparrowhawks Accipiter nisus in the afternoon, neither of which had lice, and the people who checked the duck trap found a dead Mallard Anas platyrhynchos from which I got a single louse, possibly a Holomenopon.

This afternoon, the weather suddenly changed, though. When I went to bed at two, it was still raining and with strong winds from the south-west, and when I got up at four, it was sunny and with mild winds from the north. The migration has been wonderful today, so hopefully things will change tomorrow, and we’ll get lots of birds. Some people will go out catching birds tonight, so I’ll stay up late and see what they get.

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