Saturday, 27 August 2016

Wraysbury 27 August 2016

Our last day of monitoring migration at this site, this autumn. By the time we are next able to visit Wraysbury, it will be well into October and most summer migrants will be long gone. However, other members of Runnymede Ringing Group should be here during September and we look forward to seeing how they get on.

It was a rather slow day in comparison to some of the recent sessions, but Willow Warblers continue to drift through, Garden Warbler numbers have dropped right down but Blackcaps are on the increase again. We're still seeing young Whitethroats with a single adult today, ring number D085929

 D085929 ringed as a juvenile on 13th July 2013 and recaptured for the third time this year, today.

As the late morning trickle of birds dried to virtually nothing, CL located decent numbers of Swallows, House Martins and a few Sand Martins up in the field with the ponies. Having taken down, we erected a couple of nets close to some dead trees where the birds were alighting, and waited within sight of the nets. The ponies stayed away but the strengthening wind proved too much and although the birds were not put off, both nets were too visible. We waited in hopes that there may be another brief shower, perhaps with less wind but that didn't happen and no hirundines were captured.

Totals:     45 (8)

Dunnock - 2
Robin - 0 (1)
Reed Warbler - 1
Whitethroat - 6 (2)
Garden Warbler - 1
Blackcap - 14 (3)
Chiffchaff - 13 (2)
Willow Warbler - 4
Blue Tit - 2
Great Tit - 2