Yesterday was the first day of the BTO Constant effort scheme for 2013 and with the weather looking perfect we decided to go for it on day 1 and put 710 feet of nets up ready for a dawn start. Although foggy and very cold initially we started catching straightaway.
It was a day of seeing our old birds return from their migration. The oldest was a Reed Warbler, ringed by us in April 2009 and retrapped every year in the same part of the reed bed.
A total of 30 birds were ringed and 34 retraps. On our first CES day in 2009 we caught 208 of which 183 were new but that included a fall of 144 Sedge Warblers. Without those the numbers are similar)
The reeds are only just starting to grow but water level is normal compared to last year.
Meanwhile Richard is in his second week at Long Point Bird Observatory with Mick Townsend from Stanford Ringing Group.
The weather has been swinging from cold to hot but migrant warblers are now passing through. With over 3000 birds banded at the tip this spring they are busy.
Since the last update some highlights to give an idea of what is moving north into Canada
- a 107 new bird day (too hot and sunny for many migrants to drop in) including 7 Red-bellied Woodpeckers
- a 311 new bird day including this Evening Grosbeak, now that is big, bright and yellow!
- a 404 bird day with lots of warblers including Palm, Yellow and B&W warblers
- a 535 bird day, 56 species including Cerulean and Yellow-throated Warbler
(Dayna and Janice showing the birds here
and yesterday a Swainsson's Warbler (Long Point's photo) A first for the Tip and 3rd for Long Point.