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The Group operated at a part of the Seaton Wetlands it rarely attends, but the weather was ideal with cloud and little wind and with information acquired earlier that many birds were migrating along the coast helped with the decision where to set nets. The site has always been a challenge, but generally fruitful in the number of birds caught. Yesterday was no exception with a total of 100 birds of 20 species caught. The star of the morning was a Tree Pipit caught cunningly with the use of a tape lure. It was known there were a few in the vicinity so we were in with a chance. The list for the morning was:
Chaffinch 1; Reed Warbler 13; Blackcap 2; Dunnock 2; Sedge Warbler 6; Blackbird 2; Wren 4; Robin 6; Great Tit 5; Chiffchaff 2; Swallow 26; Reed Bunting 2; House Martin 1; Goldfinch 9; House Sparrow 7; Greenfinch 5; Great Spotted Woodpecker 1; Pied Wagtail 1; Tree Pipit 1; Linnet 1; Blue Tit 3.
Star bird - Tree Pipit
Using biometrics to confirm identification of the Tree Pipit
This weekend was the second of the Group's summer programme and resulted in 101 birds being processed. Many migrants had high fat scores suggesting there were many passing through. As one would expect the majority were juveniles, including 14 Chiffchaffs. Several Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Sedge and Reed Warblers were among them. Below are two excellent photographs taken by our member Brendan Sheils of Kingfishers caught during the session.
Our early autumn weekend session is programmed for 3rd and 4th September.