adult Great Reed Warbler
adult Penduline Tit (colour-ringed Brown above metal on right, Dark Green above Light Blue on left)
juvenile Penduline Tit
6 juvenile Penduline Tits!
Today we went to CES at Vallen which allowed me to visit their biggest CES site for the first time. Here there are 24x 9 meter nets and we caught 50+ birds this morning.
One of my top two targets of the trip to ring was Great Reed Warbler so was delighted to find out that one had been caught in the 2nd net round and even more so when I was told I could ring it! A fantastic bird and it's hard to believe they are even loosely related to Willow Warblers etc as they are massive!
My second new species of the day was Penduline Tit of which the first 'lot' that came to the ringing station was a flock of 6 stunning juveniles! In addition we also caught a further adult and juvenile and a single juvenile bringing the day total to 9 birds! Amazing!
I got a third new handling species this morning which was a juvenile Fieldfare that was a very nice bird and this is the first time I've seen this age shown in this UK Winter visitor.
Other species caught this morning included: juvenile White Wagtail (subspecies handling tick), Yellowhammer, Robin, Thrush Nightingale, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Blackbird, Reed Bunting, Greenfinch, Great Tit and Blue Tit.
Non-ringing sightings included 2 Osprey, Short-eared Owl, heard only Bearded Tits, Black Terns and 2 fantastic Caspian Terns which were fishing 60 meters from the ringing station.
A really enjoyable morning!