A perfect morning for mist netting, no wind and overcast. Gary, Nick and I set the nets pretty quickly despite having to clear the rides a little as the vegetation had sprung up amazingly since visit 4 a couple of weeks ago.
The totals were 26 new birds and 10 retraps made up as follows: Blackcap 2/0, Great Tit 6/3, Blue Tit 0/1, Robin 4/0, Dunnock 1/1, Reed Warbler 4/2, Wren 6/1, Bullfinch 2/0, Treecreeper 1/1, Reed Bunting 0/1.
The oldest retrap was a Blue Tit from 2011. The Treecreeper retrap was from 2013 and is the first bird caught this year that has started its wing moult, with a score of 7. Overall we have had better catches this year than last (apart from visit 1) but the extra birds are resident species not warblers, there is a distinct lack of warblers at the site this year.