We put two nets up in the reeds and caught a few birds before the roosting Swallows arrived. We ringed 57 birds as follows:
Swallow - 44
Sand Martin - 4
Reed Warbler - 5
Sedge Warbler - 1
Goldfinch - 1
Linnet - 2
Prior to the roost there was about thirty House Martins feeding over the pools with about ten Swifts. There was little on the pools other than a Little Grebe, three Coots, a Mute Swan and five Mallards. Swallows weren't the only birds roosting at the site and long before the Swallows came in 2,500 Starlings dropped in to roost. Starlings arrive at their roost at this time of year long before dusk and they leave the roost long after first light.
It's looking a bit unsettled this weekend, but hopefully I should be able to squeeze something in.