Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Stanwell Moor - 16 November 2013

We were joined by EP for a 6.30am start. We put nets in the vicinity of the reed bed with a configuration for Meadow Pipits on the raised grassy area.

We started off with a retrap Reed Bunting, from our colour ringing project. We colour ringed Reed Buntings over two years but ceased doing so when the numbers of bird using the roost dropped off, coupled with the fact that there was only ever one sighting throughout that time. It just goes to show that birds are still about although birdwatchers (probably knowing the birds by call) don't take much notice of them.

Reed Bunting 4M, L606564,colour ringed 6/6/2011when 4M  

This bird was captured along with 4 other new Reed Buntings. Other birds from the reed bed included a couple of Goldcrest, two Chiffchaff and a new Cetti's Warbler.

Catching Meadow Pipits often doesn't happen until the birds go up as you walk towards the nets, so we weren't expecting too much as efforts were split over two areas. However we still managed to bag 22 with the bonus of a Skylark.

 TR64520 Skylark

Totals: 40 (3)

Skylark - 1
Meadow Pipit - 18
Dunnock - 1
Robin- 1 (1)
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Chiffchaff - 2
Goldcrest - 2
Blue Tit - 0 (1)
Reed Bunting - 4 (1)