Although the forecast for today was of showers and heavy wind I risked getting up early to go to Chesworth Farm this morning and was very glad to have done as there was no rain and the wind didn't pick up until after 9am! It also turned out to be a very productive session for Eddie and I.
Although only 44 birds were caught the 27 which were new included some real quality starting with an adult male Yellowhammer (above) and the tenth Reed Warbler for the pond this year, an adult female.
Then two juvenile Blackbird (above), which was really good as all of the nests that we have found here have been predated, so glad at least one survived. Another new juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker which was probably from a different family to the ones last week as I caught them again as well and the new bird was in active wing moult while the other two not.
The last three new birds of the day were the highlights with a Woodpigeon, a Jay and a smashing adult male Kestrel (above). This is the first Kestrel to be caught at the Horsham DC sites and a real beauty having watched it hunting for the prior 30 minutes.
After Chesworth I popped back to Horsham Park and managed to catch two of the five Canada Goose goslings and then onto Warnham LNR where the first pair of Common Terns have hatched three chicks (to be ringed soon). I then spent an hour walking through the reedbed on the edge of the meadow looking for Reed Warbler nests as this is a nest that we have never ringed before and I managed to find six of which one had three ringable chicks and an unhatched egg (above). The other nests were one with four eggs, one with five eggs (below), one with one egg, one empty, and one that had been predated.
Birds ringed: (retraps in brackets)
Blue Tit - 8 (2)
Yellowhammer - 1
Robin - 2 (2)
Chaffinch - 1
Goldfinch - 2
Reed Warbler - 1 + 3 nestlings (1)
Blackbird - 2 (1)
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1 (3)
House Sparrow - 1 (6)
Greenfinch - 4
Great Tit - (2)
Jay - 1
Woodpigeon - 1
Kestrel - 1
Canada Goose - 2