Thursday, 29 May 2014

Attenborough CES Visit 3, Sunday 25 May

The Met Office are as accurate with their forecasts as I am picking the lottery numbers, which led to Nabegh, Sue, Duncan, Gary and I spending the first half hour of this CES session standing in the pouring rain with the nets still in their bags. It did stop which allowed us to put up the nets, then started, then stopped etc. which had us on the starting blocks to run and furl until about 09:00 when the cloud started to break up. It was worth our perseverance as we had the best catch of the season so far and a little variety with a new Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Magpie.

The totals were 29 new and 14 retrap, made up as follows (new/retrap): Song Thrush 0/1, Blackcap 4/3, Great Tit 6/2, Blue Tit 0/1, Chiffchaff 0/1, Bullfinch 1/0, Robin 1/1, Dunnock 2/1, Garden Warbler 1/1, Reed Warbler 1/1, Long-tailed Tit 10/1, Blackbird 0/1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1/0, Kingfisher 1/0, Magpie 1/0.

The oldest retraps were the 2007 Reed Warbler that we'd also caught last week and another Garden Warbler from 2010. Lastly we ringed a few broods of tit pulli in the nest boxes.

 Kingfisher (Sue Lakeman)

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