Saturday 20th - today was our third and final public ringing event of the year, but unfortunately the visitors were greeted to a foggy and damp morning. The damp conditions meant that dew droplets kept hanging on the nets making them very visible to birds. It was a slow start but eventually we caught 47 Blackcaps, 11 Sedge Warblers, eight Chiffchaffs, seven Reed Warblers, three Robins, two Song Thrush and single Willow Warbler and Common Whitethroat. The only notable species was a Magpie, not rare but the first we have ringed this year.
|Wryneck - Hook with Warsash|
After ringing news came through of a Wryneck on the beach at Hook with Warsash Nature Reserve. Since that was on the way home, well sort of, I took a slight detour to see it. Initially, it wasn't on view, but after a wait of about 15 minutes it appeared and showed relatively well.
|Male Reed Bunting|
Sunday 21st - today was a much more promising start, a clear overnight sky and no wind. It was again a slow start but things soon got going, our total included 30 Chiffchaffs, 27 Blackcaps, 11 Sedge Warblers, five Reed Warblers, three Cetti's and single Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler and Reed Bunting.