9 August 2013

Reed bed session 6 Aug

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

Tonight we caught 100 birds comprising 1 Linnet, 2 Reed Buntings, 1 Sand Martin, 10 Sedge Warblers, 4 Starlings and 82 Swallows.

This was the first time that we had caught a Linnet in the reed bed.

I was expecting to find a few more Starlings in the nets as there was quite a large flock moving around the reed bed and quite a few were seen perching on the tops of the nets and their support poles!!

Totals caught this season so far:

Blackbird                1
Linnet                    1

Pied Wagtail           1
Reed Bunting        15
Sand Martin            3
Sedge Warbler      69
Starling                 5
Swallow             203

Follow up note:

The following day there was a flock of 50-60 Starlings (mainly juveniles) bathing and drinking in my new pond. One of the juveniles was ringed. I'm not aware that anyone else from the ringing group in my area that has ringed any young Starlings so it is highly likely that this bird was one of the five that were ringed at our reed bed site which is only about 6km away.

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