Very light west wind early on freshened slightly as the day progressed. Mainly sunny.
Weather turned out differently than forecast, with it being clear and sunny quite early. Not the best conditions for ringing.
Sun on the nets early and many birds would have moved on during the night, taking advantage of the conditions.
Given this, a reasonable catch, which comprised:
Sedge Warblers x 7
Blackcaps x 3
Chiffchaffs x 2
Willow Warblers x 2
Whitethroats x 4
Grasshopper Warblers x 1
Lesser Whitethroat x 1
Cetti's Warbler x 1
Bullfinch x 3
Reed Bunting x 1
Bluetit x 1
Dunnock x 1
Of these the vast majority were young birds, and all but two were new birds.
Janet had a quick check in the morning and located two Canada geese on the main pond.
I had a look in the afternoon (MD)
Mute pair plus 9 cygnet (the Tim Butler pair not checked)
Gadwall 1 female with 3 young
No Mallard seen today?
Green Sandpiper 1 calling from the western scrape
Common Darter lots of mature males and females throughout the reserve
|Mature male Common Darter|
Butterflies included, in order of abundance:
Small White (Alan pointed out that the bulk of the whites around the ringing area are Green-veined, so the likelihood is that some of the ones that I saw were too, either way they are about)
Large Skipper 2
This young Sparrowhawk was trying to hunt. I'm saying it's a young, but only based on it crying like a baby, suppose it could be a soft adult (MD)
|Female/immature Wheatear (MD)|
|But Pete advises - 3cy moulting the last of its primaries - quite a black tipped one .|
|This large gull pellet is completely vegetation.|
The flies are not part of the pellet, they are just laying their eggs in it.
|Little Egret with half a leg missing|