Saturday, 30 July 2016

30/7/2016 - CES 9 - At last, Variety and Numbers

Cedwyn, Amy and Chris were greeted at 05:30 by this rather spectacular sunrise. The picture hardly does it justice. To get the full effect you should have been there (you could then have helped put the nets up too!).
All nets up by about 06:15, a little later than usual, but this was due to the fact that some of the overnight migrating Sedge Warblers were so keen to be processed that they flew into half erected nets slowing the whole process down. We won't complain as the 3 we caught immediately increased by 100% the seasons total for the species.

The morning continued in the same vein with a seriously good haul of Sedge and Reed Warblers plus a few comparative rarities, These were

Garden Warbler ©AS

Grasshopper Warbler ©AS
The overall session was much improved on both earlier sessions this year and the yearly trend of late,which as you can see from the "Results to Date" section at right, shows that this was the best session for some time. The CES total already greater than last year and we still have 3 sessions to go.

Kenfig always has much of interest and there was also a few other things to see through the morning.
This beetle obviously in a hurry to get to its next popular habitat.

A Poplar Beetle ©AS
An interested visitor to the ringing table (Mark from the Fungi Group) pointed out some rust on Burnett Rose. Not the easiest of things to spot.
and for those (like me) more used to rust on vehicles it's highlighted.

Totals for the day:

Friday, 22 July 2016

22/7/2016 - CES 8

Cedwyn,Heather and Chris were able to get CES 8 done on a particularly good morning. There was no wind and for the first part of the session it was relatively overcast.

With all the nets up by just after 06:00 we had a Wren in the hand before we had cleared the ride. This was obviously a good omen as the overall CES catch was  good with 35 birds. As an indication this is not too far short of the session 8 average (47) and has in fact only been bettered twice since 2006.

The scrub net was not as productive this time as it has on previous occasions.

Plenty of juveniles being caught though the numbers of sedge warblers is still very low. Another lesser whitethroat this session, plus a number of bullfinches made for an interesting morning

On what became a very hot morning it was welcome to have a lift back to the reserve centre.

Totals for the day:

Sunday, 3 July 2016

3/7/2016 CES 6 - Late again

A day late for the CES session again. We'll be getting a reputation soon. All down to the poor weather is our excuse.
However Heather and Chris took advantage of a short window of opportunity just a day late. It was well worth it as we had a better catch and two less than usual birds for a CES session, namely a Lesser Whitethroat and a Treecreeper.
Also included in the catch was a control, so we await with interest where this Reed Warbler may have first been caught. Watch this space.
The CES total of 30 birds was well up on recent years so fingers crossed for the year total. The fact that we have only had 2 Sedge Warblers in the catch this season is not good news though.

Not much else to report on the day and no photos I'm afraid, the treecreeper looked far too glum to publish its pic.

Totals for the day: