Sunday, 10 March 2013

Stanwell Moor- 9 March 2013

As the weekend drew nearer the weather forecast continued to change, added to that, a weekend in Norfolk didn't come off due to family illness, so we ended up with a last minute decision to try Stanwell. There was more surface water everywhere after more rain so we opted for a line of nets behind the flashes to try for Lapwing, Snipe and any pipits that just might happen by. We put up just three more nets near the lake.

Throughout the morning, a Cetti's Warbler was singing from foliage lining the River Colne. We also saw the Bittern again, our first Little Ringed Plover of the year and a Jack Snipe was flushed from the flooded meadow.

The field nets failed to produce any birds whatsoever. However, the other nets gave some interesting captures. We were surprised to capture 3 Chiffchaff, one of which carried ring, BG6593, issued through the Belgian ringing scheme.

 Belgian Chiffchaff BG6593

One of the other Chiffs was carrying fat scored as 2 unlike the other two that were F0 M1.

Reed Bunting Y335471 (4M) was coming into breeding plumage, yet had CP. He was first ringed as a 5M  on 23rd May 2012.

Dunnock - 0 - (1)
Blackbird - 2
Chiffchaff - 2 (1)
Goldcrest - 1
Great Tit - 2
Long-tailed Tit - 1 (1)
Lesser Redpoll - 2
Reed Bunting- 0 (1)