Sunday, 6 June 2010

6th June 2010 - Warnham Ducks and Warblers

A short session at Warnham LNR this morning by Jake and myself produced 15 birds with highlights being three new Reed Warbler and a retrap which was ringed here as a breeding adult male on 3rd June 2006, and a juvenile Great-spotted Woodpecker. Afterwards we donned the waders and got into the sluice where we managed to scoop up four of the seven Mallard ducklings that have been feeding there recently including the runt of the brood (pictured with me below).
The four remaining tit boxes at the reserve were also checked with one abandoned at nest lining stage, one with a Great Tit sat on five eggs, a Blue Tit nest with just two young and three unhatched eggs (ringed) and a Blue Tit nest with eight too small chicks. So still some more to be done!

Birds ringed: (retraps in brackets)
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1 (1)
Robin - 4 (1)
Reed Warbler - 3 (2)
Song Thrush - 1 (1)
Chaffinch - (1)
Blue Tit - 2 nestlings
Mallard - 4

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