Sunday, 1 July 2012

A quiet session at the Avenue

This morning's session at The Avenue was the first mist netting that we've been able to carry out for a few weeks due to the poor weather. In all we spent 4 hours on site and managed to ring just 11 birds.

My first birds of July were a juvenile Great Tit and an adult male Blackcap. Other birds ringed were 2 Wrens, a Dunnock, 2 juvenile Blackbirds, a male Bullfinch and another juvenile Great Tit. The Blackcap was interesting as he had a large brood patch, which is normally only found in female birds. Apparently though other male "Sylvia" warblers also have brood patches.

Also seen and heard on site were: Grasshopper Warbler, Chiffchaff, Kestrel, Black-headed Gulls, but very little else!

A moth called a Latticed Heath was spotted in the grass around the net lanes.

Latticed Heath

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