Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Stanwell Moor - 17 June 2013

The primary reason for the visit was to strim some of the rides and seek out a possible place to target winter finches at a ground feeding station. But we had some nets up too and were pleased to capture some individuals that are becoming quite familiar to us. We caught Y224407, a Reed Warbler, ringed at Bedfont last year and already seen on the 1st and 3rd of June. Next we caught L271161, another Bedfont Reed Warbler, first done there on 25/07/2010 and captured at Stanwell on three dates between 13th May and 8th July in 2012.

Another interesting retrap was that of V792001, a Reed Warbler processed as a 4F on 27th May 2008 and not seen again until today.

Reed Warbler V792001 - at least 6 years old

We were also pleased to locate 3 Bee Orchids, an increase on the single plant that we found last year.

Bee Orchid

The main reedbed ride is now clearer and we will be able to use a 30ft net closer to the Starling roost when we're ready to. The bramble lined spit is also clear (for the time being) and we even decided on an area where we will attempt to attract Linnet and Reed Bunting later in the year.

We didn't monitor the flash today but Little Ringed Plover calls were heard as a single bird passed overhead.

Totals :  4 (7)

Dunnock - 1 (1)
Robin - 1
Blackbird - 0 (1)
Reed Warbler - 0 (5) 
Whitethroat - 2