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.
16(15/01) matching visit 09-Aug-2016
Green Woodpecker juvenile male (red moustachial stripe)