The first couple of net rounds were really disappointing as no birds were caught, zero, nothing, a complete blank. It seemed the clear skies in the early part of last night had resulted in quite a clear out of warblers as few were calling from the bushes. At 07:00 I heard the first Tree Pipit going over but on the next net round only a Willow Warbler and a Yellowhammer were caught so it looked like I wouldn't be catching very much at all. However the following net round produced 2 Tree Pipits, a Willow Warbler and a feisty juvenile male Sparrowhawk. After that it got even better with 4 Tree Pipits caught in one net and another 3 walking around underneath. The flurry of Tree Pipits continued and by 09:15 a total of 11 had been ringed from an estimated 15 to 20 seen, a very good day total in anybody's book and in many county reports too.
|Tree Pipit. Only a few hundred full grown Tree Pipits are ringed in the UK each year.|
See online ringing reports here.
|Tree Pipit (Anthus trivalis).|
You could get really bored of seeing pictures of these birds if the rest of the month is as productive as I hope it is.
|Juvenile male Sparrowhawk.|
|Juvenile Whitethroat, one of only a few warblers that were around.|
Ringing totals for 08/08/14 with retraps in brackets:
Tree Pipit 11
Willow Warbler 2
Long-tailed Tit 3 (2)
Total 23 (3)