Monday, 7 October 2013

Stanwell Moor - 7 October 2013

Following a very stressful visit to relatives ( including finding that Chris' father wasn't properly well on discharge from hospital last week, one ambulance call out and further trips to visit him at another hospital, that seems much more on the ball than the last one) we decided that a quiet morning in the fresh air was just what we needed.

It was a late start as we know that Meadow Pipits often take a while to get going when it's misty so we erected two singles near the lake where we rather fancifully played Firecrest and Yellow-browed Warbler, and then placed the usual configuration for Mipits on the bank overlooking the M25.

Birds began to come to the tape lures staight away and we were soon catching well.

We frequently had birds in front of, in and behind the nets.

The lake nets produced a few Chiff, some tits and a retrapped Cetti's Warbler but none of the less common migrants that we were playing for. 

As the morning drew on , the wind started to get up but not before a 3M Linnet, just on of a small flock that toyed with the nets, remaining free in the main.

3M Linnet

One of the last captures of the morning was a Skylark, often present but rarely in the capture log.

 Skylark ( with M25 traffic in differing degrees).

 Apologies to WH and JH who were booked to come out with us on the Sunday that had to be cancelled.

Totals: 57 (4)

Skylark - 1
Meadow Pipit -48
Wren - 1 (1)
Cetti's Warbler- 0 (1)
Chiffchaff - 3
Long-tailed Tit -0(1)
Blue Tit - 3 (1)
Linnet - 1