The temperature was around minus 3 degrees when I arrived at just before 06.30 with a clear sky. The catch was unsurprisingly small but interesting nonetheless.
Meadow Pipit - 1
Dunnock, Blackbird, Cettis Warbler - single retraps of each
Blackcap - 1 retrap of a bird ringed here in June 2020
Chiffchaff - 1
Goldcrest - 1
Lesser Redpoll - 1
Willow Warbler - 2 retraps. Both of these were returning birds. One ringed here in July 2018 and retrapped in early summer 2019. The other ringed here in April 2019 and retrapped in June 2020.
Both these birds have made multiple return trips to Africa.
Little movement seen overhead, although birds may have been extremely high in the clear conditions.
Swallow - at least six flew low over the reserve heading northwards.
Meadow Pipit - 5
Carrion Crow - 4 +2 flying west were almost certainly migrants.
One Peacock Butterfly in the western marsh area.
|Female/first winter Wheatear|