Friday, 20 October 2017

Wilstone 15th October 2017

Nets 340’
Warm and breezy
JT, JSJ and JD

Another breezy morning, more so than lately, so only two nets put up at rides 1 and 8.

Tried redwing tape for the first time this autumn, not too successful first thing but managed four by the end of the morning. Three of which were large, heavy-set birds with long wings of 124mm and 126mm. Streaks were bold underneath and eye stripe bolder, so maybe subspecies Corburnii ? 

Ten more chiffchaff and more goldcrests caught including adults. Only two blackcaps one of which however was previously ringed with a ring issued by one of the German schemes: Radolsfell, the Max Planckt Institute, which is exciting and I can't wait to see where it was ringed.

We also retrapped one of our juvenile marsh tits which was nice and the cetti's warbler was singing off and on throughout the morning which is also nice.

The mechanical digger comes on Monday to start on the new pond to be dug between net ride 5 and end of net ride 4 and also to make improvements to the pond at net ride 2. So it will be interesting to monitor the effects this will have on the reed bed.

Blackcap ringed abroad

Marsh Tit

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