Nets were erected on the Friday night in strong southerly winds and torrential rain !!The weather forecast for Saturday was good so it was going to be worth the effort.
Saturday saw a depleted team meet at Winterton for 6am,we were greeted with light Southerly winds and a mild early morning, later lovely sunshine and 17 degrees C.
104 new Birds and 17 retraps were caught, mostly Robins and Dunnocks, the numbers had dwindled somewhat from earlier in the week. At least we got the tail end of the falls.
RobinWe decided to leave the nets up for Sunday morning, but with strong SW winds blowing and most of the birds moving on it was very quiet and only 15 new birds were caught with no retraps.
Ringing totals, retraps in brackets and then Sunday totals in RED ;
WREN; 8 (1)
DUNNOCK; 13 (2), 4
ROBIN; 22, 1
BLACKBIRD 1, 1
SONG THRUSH; 5
BLACKCAP; 2, 1
CHIFFCHAFF; 4, 1
LONG TAILED TIT; 13 (6) One originally ringed 02/09/2006, 1
MARSH TIT; 1
COAL TIT 3 (1) Originally ringed 14/09/2008
BLUE TIT; 15 (2), 3
GREAT TIT; 7 (5), 2
CHAFFINCH; 4, 1
Song Thrush, all were greyish continental types.
A flock of 12/15 Siskin were flying about all morning, several Jay's were seen. Cranes were heard in the distance and the Pinkfeet were very noisy.
Common Darter's, Migrant Hawker and a Red Admiral were on the wing still.
A Hornet wasp was extracted from the nets, delicately ! A large Grass Snake was seen basking in the sun.