We had been saving our CES 10 for the course participants but without the course we went ahead and did it today. It was hot and sunny so the birds slowed down as the temperature rose but we ended the morning having ringed 50 new birds and 16 retraps.
Reed Warblers made up the bulk of the catch again. Nice to ring a juvenile Whitethroat, only the second this year.
A Woodpigeon was the first we have caught in a CES session. A chance for Ryan, our new trainee, to ring his first non-passerine and learn a bit about Woodpigeon moult, a species that has 11 primaries. The contrast between the old and new primaries can be seen here.