Weather: Dry, a slight 'bite' in the air, but still relatively mild for the time of year, overcast with 85% cloud cover, no wind, good visibility.
Despite the conditons of the previous day (strong winds and rain), it proved an absolute ideal day for mist netting. When the sun is shining, mist nets stand out to both the human and birds eyes, so the cloud cover meant this wasn't an issue. Also the lack of wind ensured the mist nets remained still. When nets move in the wind, birds can see the momevent and this usually means for a lesser catch.
As well as mist netting, the Abberton Traps were also set on Colyford Common.
It was a very productive day of ringing, with a total of 68 birds of 14 species processed;
11 Blackbird (2 retraps)
1 Song Thrush
3 Robin (1 retrap)
3 Dunnock (all retraps)
4 Wren (2 retraps)
1 Great Tit (retrap)
12 Blue Tit (8 retraps)
8 Long-tailed Tit (5 retraps)
5 Goldfinch (2 retraps)
2 Bullfinch (1 retrap)
So, the Abberton Traps did the trick with the Moorhens - which made a nice addition to the day's species list.
This session was attended by two of the group's most experienced A ringers...
But there was no doubting who was the session's designated 'A Ringer In Charge'...