Wednesday 31 May 2023

Sculthorpe Moor , half term family events day - 31st May 2023

 The last day of May and still no real consistent warmth to make conditions less difficult for the birds. We were on site at 6am, with DKH, erecting 8 nets in wooded and reedy areas. The demonstration started at 9am and the 30+ visitors saw a good range of species over the three hours.

The birds seen by the visitors included residents such as Wren, Robin and Dunnock as well as summer migrant Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Sedge Warbler.

Measurement of a tail feathers width indicates that this bird is an adult, consistent
with the number of black bars on the outermost greater covert also indicative of an adult bird.

It was unusual to have captured no juvenile birds by this stage of the breeding season. Another indication of a spring that's slow to get going. Last bird of the day was a Jay captured as nets were being taken down.

Total: 23 (5)

Wren - 1
Robin - 2 (1)
Dunnock - 1 (1)
Song Thrush - 1
Sedge Warbler - 6
Blackcap - 2
Chiffchaff - 3 (2)
Willow Warbler - 1
Long-tailed Tit - 1 (1)
Reed Bunting - 1
Treecreeper - 2
Jay - 1