Monday, 9 May 2016

Attenborough CES Visit 1, Sunday 8 May

The first CES visit of the season was carried out on Sunday. The weather was really too good with no wind, clear skies and a temperature that got to 24 Celsius by the time we had finished. The hot sun no doubt had an affect on the catch in the second half of the morning. The team consisted of Gary, Alex, Duncan, Sue, Mick P and myself.

The catch was steady during the first half of the morning but soon dropped off, the highlights being 5 returning warblers retrapped and a new Jay. A mallard tried hard to stay in the nets twice but not hard enough for us to extract it. We did catch the first 3J of the season, a Robin.

Total catch was (new/retrap) 26/6 made up of: Jay 1/0, Blackbird 2/1, Song Thrush 1/0, Dunnock 2/0, Wren 8/0, Robin 2/0, Blackcap 3/3, Chiffchaff 0/1, Reed Warbler 0/1, Cetti’s Warbler 1/0, Blue Tit 1/0, Great Tit 1/0, Long-tailed Tit 1/0, Tree Creeper 1/0, Reed Bunting 2/0.

The oldest retrap was a Blackcap from 2010 that we had not caught since it was originally ringed in the net next to where we caught it this time.


 Jay (Sue Lakeman)

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