Sunday, 7 August 2016

Broadwater GP - 7 August 2016

The Broadwater site provides excellent feeding for Phylloscopus warblers, and with numbers of Willow Warblers on the increase at our other locations, it was about time we did a session here. On a day, too windy to contemplate ringing at any of the other sites, we pitched up at Broadwater with its tall, mature trees that shelter the many Buddleia bushes so attractive to insects, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler alike.

The presence of a fisherman's car parked well down from their car-park was of concern as we net along the access track, and the fishing club has cleared the track to the point where cars can now drive right down to the lake. But we had been told this would not be happening so we went ahead and set up.

There was a good number in the nets on the first round and we caught well until 11am when the birds stopped flying into the nets. We did very well for Chiffchaff and four Treecreepers was the largest number ever caught at the site in one day.

We felt bad for the fisherman who made several trips to get his kit back to the car - having no trolley or wheelbarrow -and we also caught much more than him too.

3JM Goldcrest

Totals:  53 (5)

Robin - 2
Reed Warbler - 3
Blackcap - 8
Garden Warbler - 2
Chiffchaff - 25 (1)
Willow Warbler - 7
Goldcrest - 1
Blue Tit - 3 (1)
Long-tailed Tit - 0 (1)
Treecreeper - 2 (2)