Monday, 25 July 2016

Return To The Reeds

During the past few days Ian and I have had two ringing sessions in the reeds and scrub at the Obs. These were the first sessions since we cleared the net rides just over a week ago. I've lumped together the ringing totals for both sessions and we ringed the following species (recaptures in brackets):

Blackcap -3
Whitethroat -3
Blue Tit - 4
Reed Warbler -5 (1)
Sedge Warbler -2
Greenfinch -4
Chiffchaff - 1
Wren -3 (2)
Willow Warbler - 2
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Robin - 2
Lesser Whitethroat - 2
Dunnock - 2
Blackbird - 1


As we were putting the nets up we had at least fifteen Pied Wagtails over that were exiting a roost somewhere on the docks. Talking of wagtails during both sessions we had a Grey Wagtail fly over high to the southwest and it is a bit too early for a proper migrant and was likely a local bird moving around.

On the subject of movement 150 Jackdaws went over heading west. They were flying quite high and had come from over the river. After we packed up we had a look on the pools on our way out and counted 25 Coots, 18 Little Grebes and eleven Tufted Ducks.

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