Monday, 14 May 2012

Attenborough CES visit 2, Sunday 13 May

Gary, Duncan, Nick, Libby and I were greeted by a fine morning for the second CES session. The water level on site had gone down a little so we quickly erected the nets and hoped for a decent catch. Catching started slowly but then picked up during the middle of the session only to fade away towards the end, however the wind had picked up by then.

The total catch was 32 including 1 retrap and 1 control made up of (new/others): Wren 4/0, Dunnock 2/1, Robin 2/0, Blackbird 1/0, Song Thrush 2/0, Sedge Warbler 0/1, Blackcap 5/0, Chiffchaff 3/0, Long-tailed Tit 2/0, Blue Tit 1/0, Great Tit 5/0, Chaffinch 1/0, Bullfinch 3/0.

Interestingly we did not catch any of the birds handled on the first visit. The best bird of the day was undoubtedly the Sedge Warbler. It is not a species we normally catch on this site, we ringed one in 2011 which was the first since 2006 - but the bird we caught on this session did not need ringing as it was already wearing a Spanish ring.


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