|Two juvenile Kingfishers with a male on the left and a female on the right |
Photographs Doug Rudge
Sunday, 22 June 2014
The Group yesterday were pleasantly surprised to catch 117 birds during a morning session starting at 5.00am. This is one of the largest catches we have caught of passerines and allied species. Not only a good catch, but within this total were 11 Kingfishers, definitely a record for one morning.
There was an abundance of young birds in the catch suggesting a good breeding season. The tally was: Blackbird 4; Great Tit 23; Greenfinch 21; Chiffchaff 7; Chaffinch 6; Blue Tit 15; Dunnock 4; Whitethroat 1; Song Thrush 1; Blackcap 4; Robin 3; Reed Warbler 8; Wren 4; Great Spotted Woodpecker 2; Treecreeper 1; Meadow Pipit 1; Kingfisher 11; and Goldfinch 1.
Let's hope this is a good omen for the rest of the summer season.
Friday, 6 June 2014
Early this week the Group moved its activities to another part of the Wetlands containing reed beds, rough ground and hedgerows. Although rain prevented a full mornings activities 38 birds were caught of 11 species. One Blackbird had been ringed at another site in East Devon and obviously preferred a new feeding site!