Saturday, 11 June 2011

Attenborough CES, Saturday 11 June

At last a ringing morning dawned with no wind blowing. We arrived on site to find the growing vegetation had hidden many of the poles and guys since the last visit 3 weeks ago but eventually the nets were up, the sun out and still no wind. We had not heard the male Cetti's Warbler we caught on visit 2 (in net 5) singing since the day we caught it but on the second round of the nets I saw a Cetti's Warbler in net 5 with a ring on. I assumed it was that same bird but on processing back at base we found it was a control female, almost certainly breeding on site as it had a BP code 3. The rest of the morning produced a steady catch of the usual birds for the site, including the first Blackcap and Chiffchaff juvs of the season. By the end of the session the sun was still out and the wind had only picked up to a slight breeze. We finished on 38 birds including 11 retraps.

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