This is foreseen to be an occasional blog relating to bird ringing at Abbotsbury Swannery. The site has operated as a BTO Constant Effort Site since 1995 and has taken part in the BTO Swallow Roost Project. In recent years we have concentrated in the autumn with both Yellow and Pied/White Wagtails. In 2009 we joined the Woodcock Network.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

A touch of Eastern Promise

A couple of useful days of mornings and evenings recently at the Swannery with the mist nets in the withy bed and one run out in the reeds.

A noticeable number of Robins  was noted couple of mornings ago. Each net on each net round had couple of Robins in it.  Apparently there was a large fall on the East so I guess that they had slowly crept their way across South East and then South West Britain


 Good numbers of crests were caught a some larger winged chiffchaffs than usual.
However the best was yet to come when just on the point of dark this afternoon a Yellow-browed Warbler dropped into the net in the withy bed.
Over the past few evenings the Pied Wagtail roost which has returned to the reedbed has turned up trumps with more birds being colour ringed.  It looks as if the wind will curtail activity over the next few days but with a cold snap approaching things may get good again.