Perhaps the most interesting feature of the morning was the regular sight of Swifts overhead through the morning. Quite where they had come from is anyone’s guess, as is the number of individuals involved, but we must have had 20 sightings in amongst the steady stream of hirundines (esp House Martins).
It must be about a month since we last saw one. Anyway, onto the ringing. It was an overcast morning with a bit of a breeze and we reverted to the Grange side for a week. We notched up 58 birds, 14 of which were retraps. Migrant warblers, in order of abundance, were as follows:
13 Reed Warbler
2 Sedge warbler (see photo)
1 Garden Warbler
The lack of large Long-tailed Tit flocks was still noticeable, but we had a few other sightings of interest including 110 Lapwing, 2 Grey Wagtails, 4 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 1 Greenshank and 1 Jay. Despite all the rain, the water levels are certainly just about as low as I’ve ever seen them.
Anyway, enough fun. Here are some instructive photos of young Blackbird, Dunnock and Robin...