Friday, 15 May 2015

CES Morning

Advantage was taken of the only morning with winds light enough for mist netting to complete the second Constant Effort visits at both Middleton & Heysham sites.

Catches were low, 13 & 14 birds respectively, with a high proportion already ringed, suggesting local breeding birds.

Of the 20 nestboxes on the reserve, just over half are occupied by Great Tits, 5 by Blue tits and 4 not used. A good occupancy rate.

Moths:  virtually absent from the hut trap lately but should be picking up very soon, especially if the weather warms up a bit. A single moth was in the trap thus morning but only glimpsed as it shot out of the window!

Four Spot chaser on the pond at Middleton over the road from the boating pond

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