On a morning more suited to flying kites than erecting mist nets we persevered and completed the first CES visit of the year. Some ride clearance was required so the big team we had out helped make the clearing and net erection as quick as possible. The first bird into the nets as we were setting them was a control Blackcap, so not a bad start and the Cetti's singing near the nets also helped raise spirits.
As the morning went on the wind got stronger, the sun brighter and the catches smaller but we ended with 36 birds, 25 of them new birds. The full breakdown (new/retrap): Bullfinch 3/1, Blackcap 4/2, Dunnock 0/3, Wren 3/1, Garden Warbler 3/1, Long-tailed Tit 1/1, Willow Tit 1/1, Treecreeper 2/1, Chiffchaff 2/0, Great Tit 2/0, Robin 1/0, Blackbird 3/0.
The Cetti's Warbler sang all morning moving from one side of the nets to the other but unfortunately managed to navigate under or over them each time!