30 July 2013

Reed bed session 29 Jul

Having missed last Friday's session in the reed bed when 64 birds consisting of 9 Reed Buntings, 2 Sand Martins, 27 Sedge Warblers and 26 Swallows were caught, last night saw me join Colin, Brian and Stan for the next session.

It was a pleasant evening when we set the nets up and it wasn't long before we were catching birds. There were even a few birds that thought it was great fun to sit on the top shelf of the net rather than get caught in it!!

As the evening progressed the fog started to roll in off the sea which put a halt on the birds visiting the reed bed so we called it a night.

The total catch was slighty more than the last session with a total of 71 birds caught consisting of 1 Blackbird, 2 Reed Buntings, 12 Sedge Warblers, 1 Starling and 55 Swallows.

One of the two Reed Buntings caught - this one is a male

Totals caught this season so far:

Blackbird               1

Reed Bunting       12

Sand Martin           2

Sedge Warbler      45

Starling                 1

Swallow               81

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