Sunday, 29 August 2010

Stanwell Moor ringing site - 28 August 2010

Late afternoon/early evening visit.

This site is unlikely to be a good one for Redstarts or flycathers, so despite the good scattering of both around the London area (though not many reported on the west side as usual) we did not expect to find any. A brief walk around did not disprove this theory. The adjacent Staines Moor with it scattering of hawthorne bushes at the northern end can be more productive for these species.

The recent rain had unfortunately increased the water levels, submerging the area of mud at the end of the ringing ride with the water almost up to the first pole. The site proved to be surprising and it would be interestig to see how the RRG session at Wraysbury GP had gone in the morning. One Sedge Warbler caught was clearly on its way with a fat/muscle score of 7/3. At dusk there were a number of Swallows and a group of 30/40 Sand Maritns present.

Sedge Wabler - age 3 fat 7 muscle 3

Catch total: 15, Sand Martins (2), Swallows (8), Reed Warbler (2), Sedge Warbler (1) and 2 re-traps.