Since our last blog we have been busy honest, although nothing too special to report, so to update:- Another visit to the tern colony is planned as the eggs on the last visit have now hatched and the chicks visible on the rafts. Nest checking/finding continues with another 40 Tree Sparrow pulli ringed, these are now on their third broods and 28 eggs still left to hatch any day now, if all goes well the end total will be 102 pulli ringed from 9 active boxes. Whitethroat, Dunnock and Meadow Pipit pulli have also been ringed and successful outcome codes recorded for them. As the weather has been too windy most of the time we have not been able to do much mist-netting, but an oppurtunity did arise to get into the reedbed breifly one Saturday morning, which resulted in just 25 birds, it did include however, our first juv Reed Warblers and Reed Buntings of the season.
Some of our totals from the last few weeks out of 175 new birds include, Swallow 13 (pulli) 37, Sand Martin 20, Blackcap 10, Sedge Warbler 3 juveniles, Reed Warbler 12, Tree Pipit 3, Meadow Pipit (pulli) 5 along with loads of Blue and Great Tit juveniles, but only 8 Chiff and a shortage of Willow Warblers.