The forecast was way off and the nets spent most of the morning going up and down between showers. In the end 23 birds were ringed including another Tree Pipit and five Willow Warblers.
An interesting field record of a Black-headed Gull. It was ringed as an adult at Swalecliffe on February 27th 2001 and read in the field on August 9th this year. So it is at least 20 years old.
Following the weekends Ringing Course which was surprisingly successful, despite the weather, due to the hard work of the team this is the only day I have any news of for this week. It was a successful day with 63 new birds and 23 retraps. The highlights were three Tree Pipits, 18 Willow Warblers and eight Goldfinch. Although many would not count it a highlight six new Blue Tits were a surprise.
It was worth getting up early before the next belt of wind hit. A few birds had arrived including a Wood Warbler.
The first Linnet of the year reflected how the habitat has grown up, since they used to be very regular when it was more just patches of scrub.
With the weather becoming more unsettled and the wind picking up the catch dropped to 13 new birds. This included three Willow Warblers and two Sand Martins. The adult female Pied Flycatcher from Saturday was retrapped. This was surprising considering the settled weather after its first capture when we would have expected it to move on.
A calm, settled, night and the birds moved on. Today 33 birds were ringed. This included a selection of local breeders, such as six Whitethroats, but new arrivals were down with only five Willow Warblers.
A tiny shower at dawn was enough to bring in a few birds. In total 54 birds were ringed including three Pied Flycatchers, 19 Willow Warblers, seven Reed Warblers, six Whitethroats and four Garden Warblers.
A pleasant start to the day althought the breeze did pick up. Migrants are starting to arrive. Forty four birds were ringed including 17 Willow Warblers, five Whitethroats, four Reed Warblers,two Garden Warblers and a Lesser Whitethroat. The local Green Woodpeckers seem to have had a successful breeding season with another two ringed today.
Great conditions but fairly quiet, probably not helped by the conditions where the migrants originate.
Nineteen birds were ringed including eight Willow Warblers, two Garden Warblers and the first Sedge Warblers (two) of the year. One of the latter was caught in the observatory Crow Trap.
The juvenile Coal Tit ringed a few days ago reappeared.