Ideal ringing conditions at the marsh this morning: a warm day with very little wind and overcast conditions. We put 180 feet of net in the reedbed and a further 160 feet of net in willow and bramble scrub. The results were excellent, with 125 birds of 16 species trapped. The catch was as follows:
|Great Spotted Woodpecker||1||1||2|
The highlights of the catch were: the first fledged sedge warblers of the year, confirming that while the species appears to be present in very low numbers in the marsh, successful breeding has occurred; a control reed warbler and a good number of fledged juveniles of that species; a good catch of greenfinches, which takes us over the 200 new bird mark; a few fledgling whitethroats; and, consistently far higher catches of blackcap than in 2013.
|The first juvenile sedge warbler of the year
One of the great tits trapped showed abnormal colouration of the claws. A photo is below. Any comments with regard to similar observations / how often it is observed would be interesting.
Thanks to Keith Vaughton and Charlie Sargent for company and assistance this morning.