Male Cetti's Warbler
2CY Lesser Whitethroat
Male Grasshopper WarblerA fantastic morning ringing was had at 2012's first Constant Effort Site (CES) visit of the year. A total of 59 birds were caught including a lovely pair of Grasshopper Warbler, several Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Lesser Redpoll, Blackbird, Blackcap, Chiffchaff. The two highlights for me however were a pair of Cetti's Warbler and a 2cy male Lesser Whitethroat. I have wanted to see these in the hand for a long time so it was a joy to see both species in the hand on the same ringing session. Upon arrival before the sun had risen, we were greeted by a strange shape flying over us that I initially thought was a Great Crested Grebe with a stick in its mouth! It was in fact a Glossy Ibis! Really wasn't expecting that!