The catching rate was slow in the dreary conditions but a trickle of Willow Warblers found their way into the nets and it was clear there were a few more around than there had been on my last visit but very little else. Odd spots of rain and brief light showers continued on and off but a Tree Pipit arrived and was caught despite the unpromising conditions for such diurnal migrants. I decided to pack up early when more prolonged showers threatened but not before a Lesser Whitethroat was caught, my first of the autumn, and a stunner to boot. The forecast may have let me down but the birds didn't.
|A freshly moulted adult Willow Warbler.|
|The second Tree Pipit for the site and hot on the heels of the first. I didn't notice with the first but Tree Pipits have really big eyes relative to the size of their head.|
A scarce breeder and passage migrant in this area. This is the first I have ringed this year and is potentially a new species for the site.
|Lesser Whitethroat, so good looking I had to show it twice.|
Willow Warbler 10 (1)
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Great Tit 2
Coal Tit 1
Long-tailed Tit 1
Tree Pipit 1
Total 22 (1)