Returning later that afternoon to see what what was happening it was clear that Steve's observations were very accurate. About 50 Reed Buntings in the reeds by the Fleet Pipe. A quick measuring session would permit 3x15m nets.
Last evening a total of 29 Reed Buntings were trapped. Interestingly none of the birds which I had ringed during the year at the Swannery were re-trapped although the bird which Luke had ringed nearby at his private site the other week was re-trapped at the roost.
A second attempt is envisaged this evening as calm conditions prevail. Always hopeful that something a little special is in with the Reed Buntings. From previous experience Little Buntings are not unknown to roost with this species!