Monday 25 April 2011

On the Pull

A good morning at Woolston on Saturday with an early start, yet again and for no reward, again. An early Magpie and Jay got the day off well and the first Sedge Warblers of the year were appearing in the nets with 7 caught in total. 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff made up the warbler numbers with the usual fare making up the numbers. A fly over Swift was new for the year as was a singing Cuckoo and the Ring-necked Duck was on no.3.

Sunday morning i joined Hugh to check the various stages of the Dipper nesting. Fortunately 2 broods were ready for ringing with 2 nests of 4 pullus, all at varying stages of growth. We also managed to mist net ab unringed male which was colour ringed for the project.

For the third day running i was out early ringing with David Norman at Oxmoor NR, Runcorn. Not many birds to talk of but but a decent spread of species. 2 Grasshopper Warblers and 3 Willow Warblers were ringing ticks and a very feisty Jay was also processed.

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