Fuelled by the birders eternal optimism we persevered and erected 260 feet of net. As we expected we only ringed 6 birds and retrapped (in brackets) 2 as follows:
Whitethroat - 2
Sedge Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler - 1 (1)
Swallow - 1
Willow Warbler - 1
Wren - (1)
The birding was similarly quiet. As we had a coffee before doing our first net round 16 Alba Wags flew in to feed on the pool from their roost and shortly afterwards we had 11 Snipe head northeast. Two Tree Pipits went over and a 'pinking' Chaffinch gave the morning an autumnal feel.
Ten Swallows showed some interest in the 'play-back' we used and 6 Swifts chased each other high in the sky. The pools were equally quiet with only 15 Coots, 14 Mallards and a lone male Pochard.
We start back at Rossall School from next weekend so hopefully we'll have a good autumn at the 'obs'. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!