A calling Cuckoo greeted us as we walked down to the ringing site but what looked like a perfect morning for ringing, overcast and still, proved to be less productive than the sunny and hot morning of a week ago. We put up 14 nets again and the catching rate was steady all morning. We ended on 40 birds, 20 of them retraps!
Broken down (new/retrap): Chiffchaff 0/1, Willow Warbler 1/3, Wren 1/1, Chaffinch 0/1, Blackcap 2/2, Bullfinch 0/1, Sedge Warbler 4/1, Dunnock 0/1, Robin 3/0, Reed Warbler 5/1, Great Tit 0/3, Garden Warbler 2/1, Song Thrush 0/1, Blue Tit 0/1, Long-tailed Tit 0/1, Whitethroat 2/1.
Of the ten retrap warblers 4 were ringed last week, the others last year; except for Garden Warbler T304255 originally ringed in may 2005 and only caught once since, in 2009. This bird is only two rings on from the six year old Blackcap we caught last week and was originally ringed on the same day. The most interesting birds seen overhead were a few House Martins and as we took the nets down the first Swifts of the year.