The highest total catch was on 11th when we processed 191 birds of which 101 were new. This was the day that 9 year old local lad Louis chose to visit us. A junior version of Chris Packham, to him it must have seemed rather easy to catch birds as each net round produced yet more wriggling bird bags. As we know it’s not like this every day…
Grasshopper Warblers have made a welcome return to Stanford recently, albeit in a small way after many years of absence. 25 years ago, when we located the nests of as many as six breeding pairs on the Northants side of the Reservoir in one year alone, they were regarded as a regular species but they declined sharply in the years to follow before disappearing altogether. Ringing evidence so far this season suggests at least two breeding pairs present this year.
|Green Woodpecker, male|