Saturday was out of the question for our 3rd CES session due to a family wedding which left us without a trainer. With that in mind, our plan was to go for Bank holiday Monday. However, after checking the weather forecast on Saturday afternoon it was swiftly changed to Sunday which promised 7-8mph winds.
Dave and I were the only ringers available so we met at 04:30 and erected our CES nets in the usual places. The conditions were the best I've witnessed this year with absolute calm and birds singing everywhere. A Grasshopper Warbler was reeeling whilst the nearby net was erected and duely extracted on the second net round.
A variety of warblers were expected but numbers are still low for this time of year. Our first two CES sessions have resulted in 20 birds. We finished our day with 39 birds although only 13 of these contribute towards our CES survey.
With the nets down there was a spare hour to check some nestboxes before going home.
Adult tits are still sitting in most boxes and a few have small young or eggs hatching. I still think we are way behind last year. A brood of 10 Blue Tits were the only pulli ringed and Robins seem to have bred successfully with a 3J trapped and ringed.
Garden Warbler 0/1
Grasshopper Warbler 1/0
Great Spotted Woodpecker 0/1
Great Tit 0/1
Reed Warbler 3/0
Sedge Warbler 3/5
Song Thrush 0/1
Tree Sparrow 2/4
Willow Warbler 0/1