Ringing: August 2021
The long run of north-easterly continues and there are no big arrivals of migrants. Nineteen birds were ringed today. Once again Willow Warbler was most frequent with seven but this time there were no retraps. Blackcap is slowly increasing and there were five today/The highlight was a second Pied Flycatcher.
There was still enough shelter to keep the nets running until early afternoon despite the north-easterly. Forty six birds were caught of which 29 were new. Lesser Whitethroat was most frequent with six followed by five Goldfinches. A sure sign of autumn approaching were three Blackcaps and the bonus bird was a Pied Flycatcher.
The wind persits but there are clearly birds moving through. Forty-four birds today included 26 unringed ones. There were seven different warblers- Reed (1), Lesser Whitethroat (2), Whitethroat (2), Garden Warbler (2), Blackcap (2), Chiffchaff (2) and Willow warbler (10 + only one retrap). It would be nice if one or two of the Wrynecks or Whinchats came to join the party!
A disappointingly quiet morning with only seven new birds despite the good spread of warblers which arrived in the outlying bushes. The seven were Robin, Blackbird, Reed Warbler, Blackcap and three Long-tailed Tits.
After the storm yesterday morning cancelled any ringing then today was better although the north-easterly cleared the sky and the catch reduced to 11 new birds- three Willow Warblers, two Reed Warblers, two Blackcaps and single Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff and Long-tailed Tit.
The good early morning conditions continue and 36 birds were caught of which 24 were new. It was a nice mix of warblers again including the fourth Wood Warbler of the autumn. Interestingly retrap Willow Warblers (7) beat new Willow Warblers (6). It is not usual for these migrants to hang around in good numbers.
The main event this morning was the retrapping of one of the summering Redwings which was now in moult. We still have not caught any immatures but they clearly summered.
Things looked promising at first with cloud cover and only a light breeze. Unfortunately unexpected drizzle and rain arrived to stop things. Eleven birds were ringed including three Sand Martins.
An overcast start helped nullify the effect of the cool breeze and 34 birds were caught of which 23 were new. Willow Warbler continues to head the exit southwards with 11 new birds. Interestingly there were also four retraps and so perhaps the unsettled spell has made some hang around. Other warblers included three Reed, two each for Garden and Lesser Whitethroat, and single Sedge, Whitethroat and Blackcap.
Another pleasant start to the day made it good for ringing, before a strong breeze got up. Thirty six of the 51 birds were new. Evidence of successful local breeding continued with three Robins, two Blackbirds and a Song Thrush all new. Migrant warblers included another Wood Warbler, five Lesser Whitethroats, three Garden Warblers, and 13 Willow Warblers. The four Blackcaps were all retraps indicating they are not moving yet.
A bit breezier than expected but otherwise another pleasant morning. There were 25 new and seven retrap birds. As usual at this time of year departing migrant warblers made up the bulk. There were nine Willow Warblers, four each of Reed and Garden Warbler, two each of Chiffchaff and Whitethroat plus a single Sedge Warbler.
A couple of nets were put up today as part of a demonstration but they still caught ten new birds the best of which were two Lesser Whitethroats.
Another nice morning but the catch was surprisingly down a bit to 21 new birds. This time there were a couple of Sedge warblers amongst the mix of warblers but no Wood Warbler today. Despite there being four figure counts of Sand Martin nearby on Worth none were caught on the Estate.
Although it was windy at 2 am last night the wind did drop to give a pleasant, warm, morning. Good conditions yielded 37 new and 10 retrap birds. If there had been a Sedge Warbler there would have been a full set of the common migrant warblers. There were 13 Willow Warblers, five Whitethroats, five Blackcaps, two each of Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler and Chiffchaff plus another Wood Warbler.
Despite the strength of the breeze there are enough leaves on the trees to shelter some nets and it was finally possible to do some ringing. Although only eight new birds were caught it was well worth the effort as Nightingale, Garden Warbler, and Treecreeper were all new on the Estate this year.
Although conditions are good there does not seem to be much moving yet apart from Reed Warblers. Twenty-two birds were ringed today including three Whitethroats, two each of Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Reed Warbler and a single Sedge Warbler. Two Reed Warblers might not sound much but some were ringed yesterday as well and there are plenty in areas such as the riverbank.
No team available today but a brief check of the nest boxes at home yielded four broods of House Martins plus two new clutches so they are still trying. House Sparrows are continuing to have mixed success two clutches of eggs were both down to one cold egg.
A completely unforecast burst of rain brought proceedings to an abrupt end but not before four Willow Warblers, two Wrens and singles of Reed Warbler and Robin were ringed. Thanks heavens for the rain radar!