No ringing at group sites took place in the last half of the month so totals were historically low. We had a Devon-ringed Blackcap at Wraysbury, a Dunnock ringed in Iver and died in Iver and a young Chiff from Wraybury in July, turning up on Jubilee River this month - where will it choose to breed next year?
We had run three sessions by mid-month, when I took a week off up north. On return the 25/26 looked too windy for the site and no further visits were made.
The first two sessions each returned 150+ birds and the third session’s 100+ reflected a reduction in team/nets (CHR/EW). Blackcap (193), Chiffchaff (103) flavoured catches throughout but it was good to get Meadow Pipits from 10th and 15th (45) and Willow Warbler (22) were the fourth commonest species.
TA took a smart 5M Sparrowhawk out at the start of a round on 10th. This is the only hawk ringed this year by the group and follows a trend of one bird per annum. This wasn’t always the case and we’ve had more years of 5+ hawks this century than not!