Sunday, 3 July 2011

Middleton CES

Heysham Obs
Early start this morning to make sure the nets were up before the sun inhibited any warbler movements.  A bit of a mixed bag with Grasshopper Warblers prominent, Sedge Warblers a little under par, no sign of any young (or indeed female) Reed Warbler, no young Reed Bunting and a handful of moulting adult and juvenile Willow Warblers

The following were caught (retraps in brackets) in the 3 hour slot with the four CES 18 metre nets:  Grasshopper Warbler 5 (1), Sedge Warbler 9 (3), Reed Warbler 4 (3), Common Whitethroat 5 (1), Willow Warbler 7 (1), Reed Bunting 2, Long-tailed Tit 1, Goldfinch 2, Blackcap 1.  In addition, a single supplementary 18m net set later in the proceedings for about 1.5 hours produced: Grasshopper Warbler 2, Goldfinch 1, Sedge Warbler 3, Dunnock 1, Willow warbler 1, Common Whitethroat (1).  Thanks for the help John.

White Satin and yet another Blackneck were the best of a reasonable catch