Thursday, 10 August 2017

10/08 Greenham Common

Location: Greenham Common Western Enclosure
Session: 10-Aug-2017 06:30 to 10:15hrs
Headlines: Today was the first good weather since Sunday so I was out just as the sun began to rise. It was very quiet when I arrived with only a magpie out on the heath or so it seemed. Three nets erected I put the audio on and immediately  a Willow Warbler went in from the seemly deserted heath scrub followed by several more. Throughout the session there was a steady flow of captures. We had a good capture of Willow Warblers also Blackcap most of the latter towards the end of the session. A juvenile Green Woodpecker (Gina) was a good capture, a few are always flying about but we rarely capture them. Both Goldcrests were recently fledged with just a few pin crest feathers on one and no sign at all on the other. I checked carefully for any semblance of an eye stripe but no such luck. Like the Blackcaps, the few Chiffchaffs captured arrived later in the session. We would have captured more had it not become breezy sometime around 09:00hrs and would probably have stayed longer. Just as we took the nets down several Whitethroats and other species became active around the enclosure. Mustn't complain though after being lucky enough to get down to the Lower Farm hide before the Sabine's Gull flew off; thanks for the call Ian.
Weather: Bright, sunny, calm early, breezy later, warming up.
Present: JL, RJC, IW
Nets: 48metres in three rides of 18M, 18M, 12M up from 06:45  to 10:00hrs
Lure (audio): Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Whitethroat, and Willow Warbler intermittently
Capture (New/Recapture)
29(28/01)
16(15/01) matching visit 09-Aug-2016
Species
New
Rtp
Juvs
Adults
BLACA
7

7

BLUTI
1

1

CHIFF
3

3

DUNNO
1

1

GARWA
1

1

GOLDC
2

2

GOLDF
1

1

GREWO
1

1

WHITE
2
1
3

WILWA
9

8
1
Species
New
Rtp
Juvs
Adults
BLACA
1

1

BLUTI
1
1
1
1
CHIFF
1

1

GOLDF
1

1

GRETI
1

1

WHITE
1

1

WILWA
9

9


Recaptures: one, a Whitethroat, ringed 41 days ago as a recently fledged juvenile
 Green Woodpecker juvenile male (red moustachial stripe) 

Sightings 29 Species: Very little visual movement not associated with the audio around the site today.



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