The first CES visit of the season was carried out on Sunday after being rained off last weekend. Good weather, good catch and a good team of Gary, Alex, Duncan, Nick, Tom and myself along with Dave Ward who came along to see what it was all about. Not as many warblers in the catch as I would have hoped for and no returning birds from previous years, but we did catch the first 3Js of the season in 6 Long-tailed tits, along with parents. A Kingfisher was also caught to add to the diversity and we ringed two Tawny Owl chicks in one of the boxes. Total catch in the CES nets was 52 (45 new/7 retrap) made up of: Kingfisher 1/0, Blackbird 2/0, Dunnock 5/0, Wren 2/1, Robin 3/0, Blackcap 4/0, Chiffchaff 4/0, Blue Tit 5/0, Great Tit 10/2, Long-tailed Tit 7/2, Bullfinch 3/0, Treecreeper 1/2.
Kingfisher (top two N. Humphreys, bottom A. Phillips)
Blackcap (A. Phillips)
Tawny Owl (top N. Humphreys, bottom A. Phillips)