As is to be expected, totals soared this month with over 959 birds ringed (438 Runnymede RG; 521 Maple Cross RG), the highest May total since 2006. Pulli were a major component at 462 (186; 276) mostly Blue Tit (351) and Great Tit (107) but also 3 House Sparrows and a Lapwing chick.
Elsewhere, CES sessions started with early indications of a good season for juveniles and the usual mixed fortunes for resident and migrant species. High water levels persisted at Bedfont and Stanwellmoor with only 3 new Reed Warbler against 17 in 2013 and returning birds only 2 against 25 in 2013.
In gardens, the arrival of juvenile Starlings and their parents raised them to third place behind Blue and Great Tits with 97 ringed whilst Blackcap and Robin followed with 54 and 52 respectively.