It has been a busy month so far with eight ringing sessions completed in the first 5 days. Most of these sessions have involved catching Swallows coming to roost in the reeds at Scotman’s Flash. At its peak the roost held up to a thousand birds and each night it has attracted the attention of a Hobby and one or two Sparrowhawks.
This month’s ringing total for Swallows now stands at 426. In addition 2 controls (birds ringed elsewhere) have been caught along with a bird that was ringed last year at the same site. A good number Reed Warblers have also been caught with 29 juveniles ringed and it seems that late broods may have fared much better than earlier ones.
|Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)|
Other ringing activity has included two short sessions at Haigh Hall and one at Longshaw.
Sand Martin 2
Sedge Warbler 1
Reed Warbler 29
Willow Warbler 1
Coal Tit 1
Blue Tit 3