Sunday 1 August 2021

Warblers & Pipistrelles - July 2021

A quiet month with only 150 birds ringed at three sites. There were no pulli this month though the bulk of the catch was juveniles.

Reed Warblers topped the list with 27 followed by Blackcap at 26 and Chiffchaff at 20. The lower level of activity nationally in the last 18 months is reflected in the absence of controls from other groups though hopefully, this will increase with juvenile dispersal.

We’ll take consolation from a Nathusius’ Pipistrelle ringed by the bat group at Bedfont Lakes in 2016 and killed by a cat close to the tripoint of Russia, Estonia, and Latvia in July – some five years since ringing and a movement of 2018km, a British Bat record.

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