Friday, 7 September 2018

Wilstone - 2nd September 2018





New
Retrap
Total
Blackbird
1
1
2
Blackcap
98
2
100
Blue Tit
7
1
8
Cettis warbler

1
1
Chaffinch
1

1
Chiffchaff
8

8
Dunnock
4

4
Goldcrest
2

2
Goldfinch
1

1
Great Tit

4
4
Kingfisher
5

5
Long Tailed Tit
2
2
4
Reed Warbler
32
7
39
Robin
4
1
5
Sedge Warbler
13

13
Spotted Flycatcher
2

2
Whitethroat
2

2
Willow Warbler
9

9
Wren
3
1
4




Total
192
20
212



A lovely calm early September morning. We got most of the nets up just before it got light. The first round of a half a dozen birds was followed by a second of considerably more and they just kept coming resulting in a catch of 212 birds in all.
One adult Blue tit and 211 juveniles. We tried to make some of the Willow Warblers into adults, but no, all juveniles! 
100 Blackcaps of which only two were retraps shows that a passage of birds is underway. Two Spotted  Flycatchers were very welcome as were five juvenile Kingfishers, four of which together in the same net.The female Cetti's Warbler ringed at the beginning of August was recaptured in net 8, which is hopeful for next year.
A couple of very noisy Hobbies occupied the cherry trees at net 1 all morning and a Green Sandpiper made a brief appearance over the reed bed too. Because of the calm, balmy conditions hirundine numbers were low, so no repeat of last week.
Early on we broadcast Tree Pipit song at net 1, nothing ventured nothing gained...
Johne



Photos by Ed


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