Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Attenborough CES visit 3, Sunday 27 May

Gary, Duncan, Steve, Nabegh, Tim and I completed the third CES visit to Attenborough on Sunday. The weather was not good for netting, not a cloud in the sky all morning, hot and a steadily increasing breeze. The water level on site had gone down a little more which made things easier but the mosquitoes have arrived in force and made a menace of themselves - despite Tim switching on the anti-mosquito app he has on his phone. Most birds were caught in the first half of the session before the sun got to high and the temperature increased. The total catch was 31 including 6 retraps made up of (new/others): Wren 3/0, Dunnock 3/1, Robin 1/0, Blackbird 2/0, Song Thrush 1/0, Reed Warbler 2/0, Garden Warbler 2/0, Blackcap 1/0, Chiffchaff 3/4, Great Tit 1/1, Tree Creeper 1/0, Greenfinch 1/0, Bullfinch 3/0, Reed Bunting 1/0. Duncan took Steve and Nabegh off in the quieter moments to check some of the nest boxes and they ringed 18 Great Tit pulli. Unusually low number of Blackcaps caught and only the second ever Greenfinch caught on a CES visit.


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