Thursday, 23 February 2012

Colyford Common and Stafford Marsh - 21/2/12

This seemed like the first mist netting session for a long while, although the five hours spent in the field may have shown why! Despite the good mist netting conditions, the total was poor.

Weather: Dry and mild, cloud cover varying from 30%-70%, light west wind though the odd noticeable breeze, good visibility.

Five nets were set in all, most along the Stafford Brook, with single mist nets also on Colyford Common and Stafford Marsh. Right from the start it did 'feel' quiet, but it is always worth a go - you just never know! Not long til the Spring now though...

11 birds of 8 species were processed;

2 Blackbird
1 Song Thrush
1 Robin (retrap)
1 Dunnock
1 Wren (retrap)
1 Long-tailed Tit
3 Greenfinch
1 Bullfinch

Bullfinch 5m - Stafford Marsh Feb '12 (c) Steve Waite

Wren wing (aged 6) - Stafford Marsh Feb '12 (c) Steve Waite

The rarest sight of the day, the blogger actually ringing a bird! - Stafford Marsh Feb '12 (c) Adrian Bayley