Monday 25 July 2011

CES toThe Mallard

Our 2nd Magpie was a bizarre high-light of the week-end CES. (A new bird for a leading member of the group!)
c40 new birds amongst the c30 retraps.......good CES data though, with c20 Reed Warblers, and 2 juvenile Treecreepers nice.

This a nice shot of the undertail coverts of a Grasshopper Warbler, note the weak feathers of the tail, indicating poor feeding conditions when growing.

An early visit to the Mallard Run on Sunday, producing some nice birds moving through the reedbed.... 3 Grasshopper Warblers, a Willow Warbler, and a Goldcrest along with c30 new acros. Juvenile Reed Buntings starting to move through too.

A calling Green Sandpiper dropping on the Mallard pond edge...... that would be nice....!!

This week-end last year (24/25 July) we caught c100 Reed warblers in the 2 sites, only c40 this year in comparison........what will the week ahead deliver...??

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