Numbers are still low with just 29 new birds ringed on another beautifully sunny week from two sessions at Leith Hill and two sessions at my Warnham home.
Garden Warblers (above) of the year, but also the first Bullfinchs (below). Other highlights included another breeding female Siskin and Goldcrest. Also one of the three new Willow Warblers (bottom) caught had a much greyer colouring akin to the northern acredula subspecies, although not able to be verified.
Blackcaps and two Robins, although the four retraps included an incubating Treecreeper and Nuthatch.
Other sightings included at least four Cuckoo, 2 Red Kite and a lingering Brambling at Leith Hill, whilst a single Cuckoo, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Hobby were recorded from my garden. But the highlight of the week was this morning (Tuesday) when an early morning visit to Leith Hill to show Matt Farmer the Wood Warblers was interrupted when on his route up to the hill he flushed a HOOPOE from the middle of the road! Although much searching at the time and during the rest of the day failed to relocate it - lucky Matt!
Goldcrest - 1
Blackcap - 3
Robin - 2