We decided to put some nets up today and put them up early as showers and strengthening winds were forecast for afternoon, so I was down on the patch for before 5am.
Ringing was slow, which is typical for this time of year. As expected we caught a few recent fledglings, but no warbler juvs yet - chaffinches, robins, dunnocks and to our surprise this stonechat.
|recently fledged stonechat
|This shot shows the lovely rufous rump
We had some interesting warbler retraps including a willow warbler ringed as an adult last year and a returning sedge warbler ringed as a fledgling last July.
Ringing total were as follows (retraps in brackets)
dunnock 1 (1) and a re-trapped control
willow warbler (2)
sedge warbler (2)
I've had to buy a new (to me) camera because my old camera died. I decided to go for a Canon 7D, though I had little time to play around with it today.
I took this with my 50mm lens, is it a sawfly?
Three spoonbills circled and landed behind the rushes, one was an immature bird, I couldn't age the others. Also of note were two little egrets, garganey and hunting barn owls.
133 manx shearwater
PWC Score 174