4 August 2013

Reed bed session 31 Jul

We had another session in the reed bed this evening with Colin, Brian, Stan and myself making up the team.

Tonight we caught 56 birds comprising 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Reed Bunting, 14 Sedge Warblers and 40 Swallows. Two of the Sedge Warblers were retraps and the Pied Wagtail, was a new species for this season.

Adult Pied Wagtail
The Pied Wagtail was an adult bird and was in the process of moulting the primary wing feathers as can be seen in the photo below.

Primary wing feathers being moulted.

Totals caught this season so far:
Blackbird               1
Pied Wagtail           1

Reed Bunting        13
Sand Martin           2
Sedge Warbler      59
Starling                 1
Swallow             121

Following the reed bed session Stan and myself went to the Storm Petrel site and met up with Andy for another session following on from our small catch the other night. However we were only able to add another bird to our totals.

The ringing site up over on West Mainland is being far more productive at the moment so I think we will be looking for another site to try.

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