At the base I took the bird out of the bag and I have to admit was baffled, as were the other trainees. So with Adams assistance we ID'd the bird as a juvenile Yellow Wagtail. We do not catch many Yellow Wags and normally in the Autumn migration, the last being in 2014.
The session continued with 4 of us ringing while Mick continued extracting the birds from the nets. Max who has only just started ringing had a baptism of fire with numerous new species for him to ring, including a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker.
As the day progressed and the number of bird caught reduced, Adam and Peter checked some nest boxes and in total ringed 16 Tree Sparrow pulli.
We had an extremely good days ringing having processed 194 birds, many of which were juveniles, including a young Cetti's Warbler. 133 were new and 61 retraps including 2 controls.
Cetti's Warbler 1 -0 Grasshopper Warbler 2 - 1 Reed warb 17 - 8, Sedge warb 10 - 6 , Whitethroat 39 - 6 , Blackcap 8 - 1 , Garden Warb 0 - 3 ,Chiff 5 - 3 , Willow warb 5 - 2 , Wren 1 - 0 , Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 - 0 , Dunnock 4 - 2 , Tree Sparrow 26 - 4 , Yellow Wagtail 1 - 0 , Reed Bunt 4 - 1 , Great Tit 3- 16 , Blue Tit 1 - 6 , Bullfinch 1 - 1, Robin 2 - 0 , Chaffinch 2-0, Goldfinch 0-1.
By the end of the day we all needed to retire to the pub for a well earned drink..