Monday, 27 August 2018

Marsworth CES 11 - 26th August 2018 - Just In Time

CES nets - 540'
Weather: Calm, cool, clouding over and rain at end
Ringers: LL, GK, CK, KMM

It was our last chance to get CES 11 done so we had fingers crossed that the traditional Bank Holiday rain sweeping in from the west would not arrive early. With four of us there the nets went up quickly and we put an extra net by the stream with a Tree Pipit tape playing. Three Hobbies were chasing each other around over the field behind the reservoir. The first round was very quiet but it gradually picked up and we had a couple of good rounds with Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, a few Reed Warblers and two juvenile Spotted Flycatchers. Based on local bird reports these are passing through in good numbers at the moment.


The extra net sadly failed to catch any Tree Pipits but did catch a couple of Willow Warblers, two Treecreepers and five Blackcaps and will definitely be put up again.


Adults
Juveniles
Non CES birds
Goldcrest

1

Chiffchaff

8

Willow Warbler


2
Reed Warbler

4

Blackcap

12
5
Blue Tit

5
1
Great Tit


2
Treecreeper


2
Wren
1
4
1
Robin

1

Spotted Flycatcher

2

Long Tailed Tit

2

Reed Bunting
1


Song Thrush

1


2
40
13

The rain started as forecast at 10am and we packed up a little short of the full session time but it was a representative session and should be acceptable. The total of 42 CES birds was again below average and we may be on line for our worst CES since 1994; it all depends on our last session next weekend... CES 12 has the widest range in terms of numbers for all the sessions, ranging from 20 birds in 2016 to 109 in 2017... Will this year end with a Bang or a whimper?
Lynne

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