Saturday, 18 March 2017

Chobham Common - 15th March 2017

It was a delightful morning to be out on the common. We went to monitor Dartford Warblers and saw a total of 14, in the warm spring sunshine, two of which wore rings. We only used a couple of 2 panel nets and managed to catch two new birds, with several having whipped over the top. Even 'though the wind was quite low the birds had no trouble spotting the nets. A Robin was an unexpected bonus and additional species seen included Great Grey Shrike, Reed Bunting, Snipe, Buzzard, Red Kite and Stonechat (no less than 10). All this in a fairly confined area of the common, which suggests the Dartford Warbler population is extremely buoyant at present.

Dartford Warbler on gorse

Total: 3

Robin - 1
Dartford Warbler - 2

Necessary permission and permits to capture birds at this site and use tape lures for Dartford Warbler are held.