Sunday, 1 September 2013

Broadwater GP - 1 September 2013

CL & DKL arrived on site at about 8.30am to improve the situation regarding putting up nets. The site used to house a concrete works and much of the ground is rock hard and pegging in is impossible. We moved some breeze blocks and attached a few guys to make net erection on future visits less problematic.

 The site is covered with 100s of Buddlea bushes and moss covers most of the concrete.

Four nets were put up and the first birds were ringed at 10am. We didn't gain the sense of large numbers moving about the site as on the visits in August, nevertheless we still managed 34 birds.
Leading species was Chiffchaff (9 new and 2 retrapped) followed by Willow Warbler (7) and Blackcap (6). We also got a second young Goldcrest and a Lesser Whitethroat.

Juvenile Lesser Whitethroat

Robin in post-juvenile moult

Total: 32 (2)

Wren 1
Robin 2
Reed Warbler 2
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Blackcap 6
Chiff-chaff  9 (2)
Willow Warbler7
Blue Tit 2
Great Tit 1