Monday, 27 June 2016

Attenborough CES Visit 6, Sunday 26 June

We carried out the last CES visit of the season on Sunday. The weather forecast was totally wrong: having said it would be dry all morning, rain started before we had got the last of the nets up and showers continued until mid-morning. There was a light wind first thing and it did pick up slightly later. The team consisted of Gary, Pete, Alex, Tom, Sue and myself.

The catch was slow to start, no doubt because of the wet conditions, but things picked up as the morning progressed. We ended with a catch of 32 made up of: Blackbird 1/0, Dunnock 1/2, Wren 2/1, Robin 1/0, Blackcap 6/0, Chiffchaff 2/1, Reed Warbler 2/2, Blue Tit 4/0, Great Tit 1/2, Treecreeper 0/1, Bullfinch 2/0.

The oldest retraps were a Reed Warbler and Great Tit from 2012. This year gave us our best ever totals in the current CES nets but despite this, we did not catch any Garden Warblers. We started to ring on the Delta in Attenborough in 1994 and this is the only year since we started that Garden Warblers have been absent from our catch.


 Treecreeper (Tom Shields)

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