Saturday, 13 August 2016

Broadwater GP - 13 August 2016

We continue to monitor Broadwater every other day and this morning we found a real contrast to last Thursday. Very little bird song despite more nets than last time, and an extremely slow start. Rounds two, three and four gave us no more than a handful of birds and HD had done very little ringing by the time she had to leave early for work. MRB and Margaret joined us, CL/DKL/WA/LON during the late morning and not long after, the tit flock went through and found a couple of the nets increasing our ringing total significantly.

The catch included a Bullfinch, a species that we capture, at Broadwater, only very occasionally.

3M Bullfinch

We caught several recently ringed Chiffchaff, showing that these birds often remain on site to build up reserves, whereas Willow Warblers tend not to do this and move on sooner.

Total:    48 (9)    

Wren - 3
Robin - 2 (1)
Blackbird - 0 (1)
Reed Warbler - 1
Blackcap - 1
Chiffchaff - 9 (6)
Willow Warbler - 14 (1)
Blue Tit - 8
Great Tit - 8
Long-tailed Tit - 1
Bullfinch - 1