The weather forecast for yesterday was excellant and so the prospect of a good catch was very real - if only there were birds about.
Nets were erected in the early morning mist:
which cleared within twenty minutes:
Mick came back from the first round of the nets and triumphantly thrust a bird bag into my hand - inside an adult male Redstart! We have ringed only 16 at Stanford since we started in 1976 so this was a very good bird and surprisingly the second this year as we ringed an adult female in June.
|Adult male Redstart 21st July|
|Adult female Redstart 20th June|
The total catch for day was 65 new birds with 20 retraps - our best day so far but well short of what we would normally expect at this time of year.
Warblers predominated with:
Sedge Warbler 2 new (+ 2 retraps)
Reed Warbler 2
Garden Warbler 2 (+1)
Blackcap 3 (+2)
Willow Warbler 9 (+5)
With good weather predicted for next week, a mid week session is planned.