The nets were erected on the Saturday morning rather than the night before as it was raining 'Cats and Dogs' Friday night.
However the mornings weather forecast was going to be fine up to about 11am, as it proved we were right to have a go with a good selection of birds being caught and seen.
Chiffchaff (5M) and Willow Warbler (4M)
The first Willow Warblers and Treecreepers for the year were caught , with the last bird of the day proving to be a Belgian ringed Goldfinch ! This is our first foreign ringed Goldfinch ,we have had 3 of 'ours' found in Belgium.
Belgian 'King Harry' (5M)
39 birds were caught with 24 new, 14 retraps (in brackets) and 1 control.
Wren; 0 (3) 2 from 2011 and another ringed 02/10/10
Dunnock; 2 (4) 1 from 2010, 2 from 2009 and 1 originally ringed 21/04/2007
Blackbird; 0 (1)
Blackcap; 7 (2) 1 from April 2011 and the other ringed as an adult 19/09/2009
Willow Warbler; 3
Long-tailed Tit; 2
Blue Tit; 2 (1)
Great Tit; 1 (1)
Treecreeper; 1 (2) both from Autumn last year.
Goldfinch; 2 (1) Belgian control.
One of the Treecreepers.
Bid watching included a Buzzard heard and seen, a pair of Sparrowhawk displaying and 5 trumpeting Cranes .
The Cranes had been heard all morning but then later on flew overhead with 3 of them flying noisily out to sea but eventually turning back towards land.
5 Cranes overhead but only a 50mm lens on the camera, doh !
As the morning warmed up a few Adders were again seen sunning themselves, they proved a bit too quick to get any decent photos!
One of the slippery customers.