The weather was perfect for a ringing session at Moss House Farm this morning. We were due to meet on site at 5.00 a.m. but as usual I couldn't sleep and so arrived at 4.00 a.m. The moon gave a silvery light pre-dawn, just as the first hint of orange colour could be seen low down to the east. A Quail sang from a field of wheat and two each of Tawny Owl and Yellowhammer dueted with the other.
At the plantation, whilst we were putting the nets up another Quail was singing alongside the jangling notes of Corn Bunting. It was flat calm and clear and we wondered how well we would catch. Four hours later we had ringed 55 birds and retrapped 9. New birds included 10 Willow Warblers, 13 Whitethroats, 3 Reed Buntings, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden warbler, 4 House Martins, 7 Swallows and Treecreeper.
Dragonflies on the menu today - Willow Emerald Damselfly I presume- three along the permitted footpath along the Northern Lake. I had a tip from Gordon Hay that they were out in force a...
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