Gary and I paid another visit to Ramsdale this morning. We erected the usual line of 8 x 18m nets along the main net ride in calm overcast and slightly misty conditions and set two warbler recordings playing. We took out 10 birds that we caught whilst the nets were going up and then the first full round produced another 41. After this the the catches fell away and when the sun broke through it really slowed but we still ended on 79 birds including 11 retraps, 55 of the birds were warblers.
However the summer is definitely drawing to a close as apart from a single garden Warbler all the other warblers were either Blackcap or Chiffchaff, the others have gone south! The species totals (new/retrap): Dunnock 5/0, Wren 4/1, Robin 1/0, Blackcap 33/7, Garden Warbler 1/0, Chiffchaff 14/0, Goldcrest 1/0, Blue Tit 2/1, Great Tit 0/1, Siskin 1/0, Linnet 3/0, Bullfinch 3/1. A Sparrowhawk managed to flip itself out of the top shelf as we walked up the net ride. Other birds about were a couple of Swallows and a Great-spotted Woodpecker.