On Friday the weather was forecast to be still & dry so we
hit the TS for a mornings ringing. An early rise at 5am saw us at the scrub
by 6 with nets quickly up & opened. We tried a few nets in different places
today from the usual lanes, 'secret 60' worked a treat - and ended up being the best net of the day. Today’s catch was typical of spring, a
mix of warblers, the odd thrush and a few migrants on their way back to the
continent. 12 new Robins were caught this morning, with several of them looking
more like the continental birds due to the greyer feathers - similar to the ones we
caught the other week (21st April).
Unsurprisingly the weather wasn’t quite what they forecast....it was far too windy for some of the usual net lanes and several spells of rain came and went throughout the morning.
Along with all the Robins, the highlights were a nice selection of warblers - 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, plus 2 Song Thrush & a big female Sparrowhawk.
catch = 34 birds (30 new, 4 re-traps): Sparrowhawk 1, Willow Warbler 3,
Chiffchaff 2, Wren 1 (1), Song Thrush 2, Robin 12, Goldfinch 1, Lesser
Whitethroat 2, Blackcap 3 (1), Dunnock 2, Tree Sparrow 1, Blackbird (2).