Today's top two: Whitethroat and Willow WarblerStill good numbers of warblers and capture totals included:
6 Willow Warbler
5 Lesser Whitethroat
2 Garden Warbler
2 Reed Warbler
Lesser WhitethroatAmongst the birds caught was a control Chiffchaff in very heavy moult so one would guess that it hadn't come too far from its breeding grounds and therefore perhaps it had been ringed on passage - we shall have to wait and see. We also caught a young Greenfinch in the process of replacing its inner 5 primaries. We sometimes spot this aberrant moult in birds over the winter but it was interesting to see a bird going through the process and still with a streaky belly.
Garden WarblerOne noticeable feature of the day was the increase in visible migration. Sight records included at least 2 Whimbrel, a Greenshank, a Tree Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 12 Shoveler and several Meadow Pipits. Swallows and Sand Martins were also moving in a much more purposeful way to the south.