Monday, 9 September 2013

Broadwater GP - 9 September 2013

With CL ringing in Portugal, DL arranged to meet MRB and Margaret to continue monitoring Broadwater, a relatively new site for the group that has not previously been covered in the autumn. MRB has made a couple of visits since my last outing there with a marked shift from mainly Chiffchaff in the catch of 28 birds on the 2nd to more than half of the 53 birds being Blackcap on the 5th when Chiffchaff  ETY928 was also controlled.

On arrival we were unable to set up due to persistent (unforecast) rain, but after about half an hour it eased so we put up two 60s and a 40 in the most productive positions that just happened to be those closest to our base.
The rain threatened throughout our session and started again at about 10.40am - and shortly after 11am we packed up as there seemed no prospect of a let up in the rain. There were certainly no sunny spells that featured so prominently in the forecast.

All birds were of just four species.

Total: 32 (2)

Chiff-chaff  17 (1)
Blue Tit 2
Great Tit 1 (1)