Mick P and I made a visit to Ramsdale setting the usual line of 8x18m nets. The conditions were perfect for mist netting and the nets soon started to fill with birds, catching continued steadily throughout the morning.
In total we ended with a catch of 87 including 6 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 5/0, Song Thrush 1/0, Wren 4/0, Dunnock 3/0, Robin 3/1, Blackcap 30/4, Garden Warbler 1/0, Chiffchaff 10/0, Whitethroat 3/0, Blue Tit 8/0, Great Tit 2/0, Coal Tit 0/1, Long-tailed Tit 2/0, Bullfinch 6/0, Chaffinch 1/0, Linnet 2/0.
The retraps were all recently ringed birds. So the Willow Warblers seem to have gone and other than Blackcap and Chiffchaff, most of the other warblers seem to have moved on as well. The urge to head in a southerly direction was also shown by the small parties of Swallows that passed overhead on and off throughout the morning. Strangely a Tawny Owl was heard calling in the distance on and off throughout the morning.