Gary and I paid another visit to Ramsdale this morning. We erected a line of 8 x 18m nets along the main net ride in calm overcast conditions and set two warbler recordings playing. The first full round produced 50 birds but from that point the catches fell but were still enough to give us 86 birds by the penultimate round. By this time it was very quiet so I changed one of the MP3’s to play Long-tailed Tit, this soon brought birds to the nets and although we only had 3 Long-tailed Tits in the last round they brought about a dozen warblers with them.
We took down as the breeze picked up and the sun came out for a while. We finished on 102 birds including 18 retraps, 71 of the birds were warblers. The species totals (new/retrap): Dunnock 6/1, Wren 2/0, Robin 4/1, Blackbird 2/0, Blackcap 32/8, Whitethroat 4/1, Lesser Whitethroat 2/0, Chiffchaff 14/3, Willow Warbler 5/0, Blue Tit 2/2, Great Tit 1/0, Coal Tit 1/0, Long-tailed Tit 3/2, Goldfinch 3/0, Bullfinch 3/0.
Other birds about were Hobby, Great-spotted Woodpecker and Green Woodpecker. What a site this has turned out to be for warblers. For those of you who have not yet been, some pictures of the site are below.