24 August 2014

Nanjizal Groppers

Yesterday we had a ringing group jolly to help out Kester Wilson down at Nanjizal, near Lands End. Numbers of birds in the valley there have been picking up and just last week a ringing day total of almost 300 birds spurred us on! The site is a great mix of habitats and attracts good numbers of some quite uncommon birds. After narrowly missing a soaking, the first net round wasn't quite as hectic as expected, or hoped for, but still kept us busy for a bit.

Half a dozen Groppers round the 'tape'

A first net-round haul that probable beats our average morning CES total!
It was only really the first two net rounds that caught big numbers and we were soon closing nets as it warmed up and slacked off. But a quick add up and we'd ringed a non-too-shabby 125 birds, including 10 Grasshopper Warblers, 35 Sedge Warblers and 31 Whitethroat, and just the one Tree Pipit.

Just one of the many Groppers ringed

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