Thursday, 9 June 2011

CES visit 4

I went ringing on sunday to Tophill again as part of our CES program. Despite a quiet morning it was all very pleasant and we managed to prove breeding of a pair of Lesser Whitethroats in South Scrub as all other birds have been passage birds either to other areas on site or away from the site. Also interesting was the Turtle Dove still holding territory and only singing briefly in the morning. Perhaps good news? The catch was a poor 12 birds by 1pm when we decided to pack up. We had caught a rather smart male Linnet though plus 6 Blue tit pulli which were cool.

When we got to the nets we were shocked to see a catch of 39 birds, more than three times what we had managed in the rest of the session. 2 Long-tailed Tit flocks had hit different nets and brought a few of their friends with them. I was really chuffed as I managed to extract 10 out of the 39 birds including 7 Long-tailed Tits. I am learning slowly...

Full catch:

Willow warbler 3(3)
Chiffchaff 1
Dunnock 2
Song Thrush 0(1)
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Blue Tit 1 
Linnet 1
Chaffinch 0(1)
Long Tailed Tit 33(2)

Plus 6 Blue Tit pulli

Recaptures in brackets

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