Thursday, 26 September 2013

Stanwell Moor - 24 September 2013

C arranged another try for Meadow Pipits, this time with EP. The mist was slow to clear and this delayed catching until well after 9am. The aircraft continued to take off in the general direction of the catching area but by moving a couple of 100 metres in the direction of Staines Moor it was found that the noise had less effect and audio lures were not drowned out by the roar of jet engines every 90 seconds.

A total of 71 Meadow Pipits were caught, bringing the monthly figure to 150 so far. Interestingly, we have yet to capture a single ringed Meadow Pipit this month, just an indication of the sheer numbers of birds circulating in the area or maybe suggesting that they can steer clear of the nets after being caught. A double panel net also bought a few Linnet to the total.

Total: 74

Meadow Pipit - 71
Linnet - 3