Sunday, 19 May 2013

Stanwell Moor - 17 May 2013

There was no forecast for rain but thick cloud made for an overcast, dull and chilly morning with the ever present wind. The water level in the lake had dropped an inch or so surprisingly, after the rain over the previous few days - but waders were still necessary.

We set a run of three in the reedbed, two on the bramble lined spit, two in a newly cleared ride, with a net between the lake and the access road and one final single in one of the old filter beds.

Filterbed 60'

New double - 50'40' or 60'30'. 

It was good to get a few Reed Warblers,including some from previous years and there were also retrapped Robins and Lottis but there was nothing exceptional.  Towards the end of the session Swifts were feeding low over the lake but of course they merely appeared to use our net to skim to the left, right and above it showing off their considerable aerial prowess.

 Hobby and Cuckoo were present during the morning, with an Oystercatcher flying over.

Totals:  7 (9)

Dunnock - 2 (0)
Robin -  0 (2)
Reed Warbler - 4 (4)
Blackcap - 1 (0)
Long-tailed Tit - 0 (3)