Saturday, 31 August 2013

Wraysbury Gravel pit - 29 August 2013

A walk around the site the previous day had produced a good number of birds in an area between the sailing club and the CES site across the stream. The section once was an area containing low trees and a fairly extensive patches of blackberries, but due to degradation by 'unofficial' use of the area for grazing ponies, which have almost doubled this year, the habitat is much less, but in what there is, seemed 'alive' with birds. I decided to make a ringing visit the next day, not without some concerns for the nets due to the four hoofed friends, but it went off okay, though the ponies remained ever close and needed a watchful eye keeping on them. With just four nets in a fairly confined area, 60 birds were processed, mainly Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiff-chaff.

Totals: 55 (5)

Dunnock - 6
Robin - 2
Whitethroat - 11 (1)
Garden warbler - 4
Blackcap - 18 (2)
Chiff-chaff - 12 (2)
Blue Tit - 1
Great Tit -1