Friday, 3 July 2020

03/07 Greenham Common

Location: Greenham Common Western Enclosure
Session: 03-JuL-2020, 07:30 to 10:30hrs
Notes: It rained before I was ready to leave the house yesterday so despite it being forecast to be windy today, I decided to give it a try. There was a light breeze when I reached the site and I put up the usual three nets. Unfortunately, quite soon after the wind began increasing and by mid-session was blowing strongly. This probably accounted for the disappointing capture as the last two birds were extracted from the nets before 09:00hrs. Last years matching visit was a little better.
Present: JL,IW
Weather: clear with sunny periods, warm, light  breeze early becoming strong halfway through the session.
Nets: 48metres in 3 net rides, two 18M and one 12M net up from 07:30 to 10:00hrs
Lure (Audio): Warbler, Misc Migrants, Redstart, Dartford Warbler, Woodlark, Stonechat intermittently.

Recaptures: (1) Robin ringed 02/10/2018
Sightings 23 Species:
Best bird today was the Hobby that flashed through south, Swifts going south-ish again today, the wind seemed to subdue activity on the heath and not much singing except from the audio.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

01/07 Greenham Common

Location: Greenham Common Western Enclosure
Session: 01-JuL-2020, 07:15 to 10:20hrs
Notes: I wasn't expecting to be able to do  a session today but the weather looked better than expected early, with a light breeze that increased as the session proceeded; a few likely to have bounced out. Chiffchaff, probably local juveniles beginning to disburse. Another Stonechat bringing the total to six so far; two is the maximum ringed weeks 24 to 27 since 2010, so perhaps signs of a good breeding outcome.
Present: JL,IW
Nets: 48metres in 3 net rides, two 18M and one 12M net up from 07:30 to 10:00hrs
Lure (Audio):
Warbler, Misc Migrants, Redstart, intermittently.

Recaptures: NONE
Sightings 29 Species: Dartford Warbler calling while erecting nets, swifts going south in ones and twos, Bullfinch scarce on the common this year, just a single Woodlark today (none yesterday)