Sunday, 11 April 2010

10th and 11th April 2010 - Warblers and Nests

Wes had a short morning of ringing at the Capel Reserve yesterday catching 15 new birds with highlights of four Blackcap, three Chiffchaff, a Bullfinch and the first Willow Warbler of the year. Also on site was a singing Nightingale.

Whilst today, I did a spell at home which didn't last long as the wind got up fairly quickly and only caught three new birds, a Great Tit, a Greenfinch and my first spring Blackcap for this site.

I spent most of the afternoon looking for nests and was quite successful, although following the theme of the earlier Blackbird nest, mostly in neighbours gardens! In my garden, I have two tit boxes and two Robin boxes which are all unused, a House Sparrow terrace which has Blue Tits building and a pair of Great Tits building in a gap above the landing window! Whilst elsewhere, a Robin nest with very young chicks in next doors Lleylandii hedge, a Robin nest with five eggs in a Lleylandii hedge two doors down, a pair of Greenfinch building in a Lleylandii hedge next door, a Goldfinch pair nesting at the top of 30ft Lleylandii tree next door and another Greenfinch pair building in a Lleylandii hedge just down the lane. There seems to be another running theme! Also, not Lleylandii orientated, a Blackbird sitting on a nest in a hawthorn hedge three doors down, Jackdaws building in an Ash tree and a pair of Great Tit building in a letterbox down the lane. There are also at least two pairs of Linnets nesting somewhere at the end of the road, but no luck finding a nest yet, same with the pair of Mistle Thrush!

Birds ringed:
Blackcap - 5
Chiffchaff - 3
Bullfinch - 1
Willow Warbler - 1
Long-tailed Tit - 1
Dunnock - 2
Blackbird - 1
Robin - 1
Great Tit - 1
Greenfinch - 2

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