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Ringing, Thursday 25th June 2015

A fairly successful CES visit to Pensthorpe took place in the morning, with 26 birds processed. Few surprises, with 8 Reed warbler, 8 Sedge Warbler and 1 each of Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler and Blackcap were caught; on first inspection numbers are comparable to last year.

Young birds were somewhat in evidence and the additional nets here continued to produce with a further 6 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap and a pair of Bullfinch caught. A couple of Willow Warbler in active wing moult were suggestive of the breeding season already drawing to a close for some species.
 
Later on our first visit of the year to ring Sand Martins at Coxford Quarry went well - a very promising total of 85 caught during the evening. A good mix of adults and young were processed, as well as 3 retraps from previous years, 1 French control and 1 English control.

One of many young Sand Martin ringed - Coxford Quarry, 25th June 2015 © David Bratt