I forgot to mention that Jake caught a new 1st year female Mute Swan at Southwater CP on Sunday (23rd), his first swan of the year.
On Monday (24th), a very early start for Jake and I at Warnham LNR ringing in the reedbed, produced just 26 birds with 14 new. Highlights were catching five Reed Warbler, two new juvenile Robin, a retrap Wren and Blue Tit both ringed as juveniles on 2nd Sep 2007 and a new male Grey Wagtail (above). The Reed Warblers included two new and a breeding female that was ringed as a breeding female on 9th June 2005 and only caught once since also here just over a year later on 25th June 2006 also breeding (below). This would mean that it has travelled to Africa and back at least six times!
The other highlight of the morning was a pair of Brown Long-eared Bat that were caught in a net as being put up (below), which were easily extracted, almost walking onto my hand, allowing a a quick photo before flying away!
That afternoon we then ringed a nest of seven young Blue Tits at Southwater CP that were inside the housing of a lifebelt, a popular event at this site! Then in the evening Louise and Kevin joined us for another trip around the nest boxes at Warnham LNR which from the 13 boxes checked produced 28 Great Tit in four boxes and 82 Blue Tits in eight boxes and unfortunately a nest of Great Tits that had already fledged!
On Tuesday (25th), I ringed the nest box of Blue Tits in my garden (12 young) and a box of Blue Tits in my neighbours that only had five young! In the evening, again a couple more boxes ringed at Warnham LNR were both of Blue Tit being of six and 11 young.
And lastly, I finally managed to catch a Woodpigeon in my garden this evening in one of the potter traps (above). Amazingly, this is the first one I have caught here in the 18 months that I have ringed here which is surprising since I live in an area surrounded by fields and woodland.
Birds ringed: (retraps in brackets)
Blackcap - 2
Reed Warbler - 2 (3)
Robin - 2
Great Tit - 1 + 28 nestlings (1)
Blue Tit - 3 + 118 nestlings (2)
Grey Wagtail - 1
Wren - 1 (1)
Song Thrush - 1 (1)
Blackbird - 1
Mute Swan - 1
Dunnock - (1)
Garden Warbler - (2)
Reed Bunting - (1)