Saturday, 1 July 2017

Chobham Common - 29th June 2017

With the British climate being what it is, we have to make the most of good weather so we tried an evening visit to Chobham in the calm conditions , this time setting nets close to the area where fire burnt off all the ground cover and left the gorse and birch no more than denuded skeletons earlier in the year. Lush grass is now shooting up, but the area still smells of charcoal.

Chobham Common

We had two doubles up by 20:45hrs and caught immediately with two Linnets and a Whitethroat finding the net as they worked their way through long grass. As the light was starting to fail we had another capture, a juvenile Woodlark from the rapidly regenerating side of the path. This was a new species for WA.

Before long the Nightjars were churring from all directions with at least four males being seen. A 5M was captured at 22:30pm  and we packed up shortly after, being off site by 23:50pm.

5M Nightjar LH96741

Retained secondaries of arrested moult 

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Totals: 5

Nightjar - 1
Woodlark - 1
Whitethroat - 1
Linnet - 1