We were back at the Swallow roost last night, we being Ian, Graham, Andy and Me, and we had a successful evening. We put 100 feet of netting up amongst the reeds and waited for the Swallows to arrive. As the first Swallows started arriving so did a few Pied Wagtails, and we were catching some Wagtails alongside the Swallows. We estimated that perhaps 1,500 Swallows were roosting.
We ringed 114 birds as follows:
Swallow - 101
Pied Wagtail - 8
Sedge Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler - 1
Starling - 3
Next time we go we will make a concerted effort to try and catch a few more Pied Wagtails by using a playback lure.
Whilst waiting for the Swallows to arrive we had a few bits and pieces on the birding front including four Whimbrels, two Buzzards, three Little Grebes and a Ruff. But no sign of the Spotted Crake unfortunately.
Wading In - Great to see a *green sandpiper* back on the patch this morning. I was beginning to think that we wouldn't have one in the Aldcliffe area this winter. I su...
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