Friday, 31 August 2018

Wilstone Reservoir - August round-up


Wilstone - August 2018

August has flashed by already, as has the Summer.

Four visits were made during the month in generally favourable conditions except for some annoying 
winds on two occasions and rain curtailing the last session on the 26th.
272 birds were ringed with 107 retrap events of 20 species.
Hopes were lifted by a male and female Cetti's Warbler caught on the 5th August but subsequently no
further captures or singing has been forth coming.Willow and Garden Warblers have trickled through 
during the month, 15 and 5.

High water and high winds have meant that we couldn't put up the two outer nets at net ride one, as we usually can do in August. So, the chances of catching either Kingfishers or waders have not been very likely. However by the 26th the water had gone down enough to put them up. To begin with the wind was light but we still didn't catch either Kingfisher or waders.Then ahead of the rain front, promised for the late morning, the winds began slightly stronger. Around about 9am we noticed a large flock of hirundines low over the water and before the rain actually arrived we ended up with
47 House Martins and 6 Sand Martins !




New
Retrap
total
Blackbird
4

4
Blackcap
51
38
89
Blue Tit
7
5
12
Cettis warbler
2

2
Chiffchaff
23
11
34
Garden Warbler
5
1
6
Goldcrest
2

2
Goldfinch
1

1
Great Tit
4
4
8
House Martin
47

47
Lesser Whitethroat
4
3
7
Long Tailed Tit

1
1
Reed Bunting
2
1
3
Reed Warbler
64
26
90
Robin
6
4
10
Sand Martin
6

6
Sedge Warbler
16

16
Whitethroat
3

3
Willow Warbler
13

13
Wren
12
11
23




Total
262
105
367

House Martin


Photos by Jenny

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