|Large areas of reed were completely flattened but it is growing well|
Helen's Hide- around where the Yellow Wagtails roost later in the year was particularly hit. The reed screens disappeared and as can be seen the reed around the hide just gone.
|Helen's Hide area|
Back to the ringing. It was a steady morning with 5 Cetti's Warblers trapped in the withy nets. Four re-traps and one new bird.
|Cetti's Warbler ringed in 2012|
Several Chiffchaffs were ringed. Willow Warblers were calling but none were trapped.
Deep in the withy bed a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling but it too did not venture into the run of mist nets. As the morning warmed up things slowed a little but on hearing and seeing a pair of Bullfinchs it was a delight to extract the male shortly afterwards. Not a common bird here and probably only a dozen or so birds ringed since 1995.
Luke will probably do a Gib update later this week but there is one bird which is always a treat to catch there. A fine and often feisty Woodchat Shrike
|Ringed on Gibraltar last week - not the Swannery!|