Hopeful for some good visual migration this morning, I set off from Ormskirk last night to meet up with Kane and Ciaran, in the hope that we would catch some Meadow pipits this morning up on the fells near Manchester.
On previous visits to this site, Kane and Ciaran have done well for mipits, but the weather conditions then were rather favourable, the case this morning was the total opposite. After packing all the gear into the van last night, an early start was in order so to arrive early enough to set up the mist-nets and be ready for the mipit migration to unfold. On arrival, the rain was pelting down and thick fog had descended onto the fells overnight - things were not looking good! Dissapointingly, the rain and fog forced us to head down from the fells and a decision was made to net one of Kane's several feeding stations. Things were looking up as the rain had stopped, but as soon as we had set the net and moved a safe distance away, the heavens opened once more. Sodding British weather!!
Many thanks to Kane for inviting me along and Ciaran for brightening up, what turned out to be a rather wet and dismal day.
To see a successfull attempt at catching Meadow pipits using tape-lures, take a look at Kane's last post - 'Mipit Control & Taking Stock' @ http://birdringing.blogspot.com/