Monday, 15 August 2016

Chobham Common - 14 August 2016

As we walked across the common we decided we would have met up at an earlier time had we known there would be so many passerines about at the end of the day. Stonechat, Whitethroat , Chiffchaff and Dartford Warbler were all seen. Two doubles and a single were erected and we were fortunate enough to capture two young Dartford Warblers before the sun dropped below the horizon and the small birds retired for the day.

There was a brief flurry of activity at dusk as a couple of Nightjars flew around quite close to the nets before disappearing but after that there seemed to be much less activity than when we last visited. A juvenile Nightjar was our only nocturnal capture - other than an extremely aggressive Pipistrelle Bat and a rather better behaved Long-eared Bat. Both were successfully extracted and released.

The team was CL/DKL/WA/LON.

Totals: 3
Nightjar - 1
Dartford Warbler - 2