Saturday, 18 April 2015

A First Ringing Record For The Obs

Kim and I headed to one of the reedbeds at the Obs this morning for a ringing session and with clear skies an easterly breeze it was fairly obvious that last night had been a 'clear out' night, and therefore we didn't expect many grounded migrants.

Our expectations were met and we didn't have many grounded migrants, but we did trap a female Pied Flycatcher which was a first ringing record for the Obs! We ringed just eight birds as follows (recaptures in brackets):

Willow Warbler - 3 (1)
Pied Flycatcher - 1
Blackcap - 2
Blackbird - 2
Cetti's Warbler - (1)

 Cetti's Warbler

Willow Warbler

The easterly breeze soon strengthened and we had to take the nets down sooner than anticipated. Other than the excitement of the Pied Flycatcher it was quiet except for a passage of 36 Sand Martins northeast.

It was cold overnight and as a result the catch in my moth trap was meagre with just two Hebrew Characters and a Common Quaker.

The forecast is looking okay for some more ringing at the Obs in the morning!

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