The second CES visit of the season was carried out on Sunday. The weather was good with no wind, clear skies and a temperatures much lower than last week. The team consisted of Gary, Alex, Sue, Nabegh and myself. It was good to have Nabegh out with us again on a visit from Liverpool. The catch was slow first thing but picked up and then a net round at about 10:30 produced 37 birds, half of them Long-tailed Tits.
Total catch was (new/retrap) 54/18, made up of: Blackbird 2/0, Dunnock 1/2, Wren 7/1, Robin 2/1, Blackcap 5/1, Chiffchaff 2/0, Reed Warbler 1/0, Cetti’s Warbler 0/1, Blue Tit 4/2, Great Tit 7/5, Long-tailed Tit 16/4, Tree Creeper 1/0, Bullfinch 6/1.The oldest retrap was a Robin from 2013.
First thing in the morning we heard a Tawny Owl call coming from a tree near our base, we looked up and saw an adult Tawny owl perched next to a fluffy chick 20m or so up the tree. The chick stayed there all morning at at one point was fed by the adult, not sure where the nest had been but certainly not in one of our boxes!