Sunday 6 July 2014


We had a ringing session this morning. It felt quiet all day but we managed to catch 23 new birds and retrap another four. 

The majority of the birds we caught were juveniles, including six wrens, three blackcaps and great tits and a stonechat, our second of the year. 

Two of the retraps were warblers that we first caught last year, a blackcap and a willow warbler. It is always amazing to think that a willow warbler, which weighs about the same as five ripe blackcurrants, has flown over 6000 miles since I handled it last. Migration is a awesome thing! 

This morning brought another sign that autumn is here with a fly-through great-spotted woodpecker. 

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