Saturday, 18 June 2011

Attenborough CES, visit 5, Saturday 18 June

The forecast did not look good for this weekend but with a demo to do on Saturday I got up and was surprised to find it was not raining. We started to set nets wondering how long we would stay dry but the weather seemed to get better...........until about 10.30. Just after the young rangers group arrived for the demo the heavens opened which sent us running off to close the nets, we left them closed for about 45 minutes before opening them again. Fortunately we had a decent catch just before the rain started and managed to show them a variety of birds from Treecreeper to Sparrowhawk. Interestingly, for us anyway, the Sparrowhawk was a retrap. It was ringed in Attenborough Village by Tim in March when he was out with Mick P trying for Waxwings. Another surprise in the nets was a juvenile Goldcrest, the first we have ever had on a CES visit. Other than that the mix was as expected for the site and we ended on 30 birds including 11 retraps.

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