Although the wind had picked up a little compared to the previous night, last night (1 Sep) saw us back at the local Swallow roost. This was to be Mara's last outing with the ringing group for at least this year maybe longer.
Mara is over from New Zealand, she has been here for the summer working for the RSPB and now it is time to head South like the migrating birds to warmer climes for the winter. I don't think she has seen a winter for at least three years now!!
It was another small catch, only 13 birds, but it gave Mara her first Pied Wagtail. The other birds caught were 2 Reed Buntings, 6 Sedge Warblers (including 2 re-traps) and 4 Swallows.
Mara got to ring the last bird of the evening, a Swallow.
So it's 'Bon Voyage' to Mara and with the forecast for the weekend not looking too brilliant a wait until next week before we are likely to get out ringing again.