CES 11

Friday, August 15th 2014

It has been a while since a CES ringing day has started with a lovely sunrise, well pink sky. This was taken over the Scrapes.

Pink sky

There was no wind so the lake was like a mirror, reflecting the clouds tinged with pink.

Reflections in the lake

The forecast had been scrutinised for several days to see if there was going to be a break in the weather.  Mist netting requires, ideally, no wind and certainly no rain!  Today looked good, until the forecast changed part way through the day.  There were short showers, not coming to very much, but then the rain arrived just as the nets were taken down, so bird ringers and nets got soaked!  They are drip drying overnight - the nets not the bird ringers!

We were very lucky to complete the ten and a half hours required for CES without having to close the nets due to rain.  Over 170 birds were processed.  100 of these were newly ringed birds.  Nineteen species were recorded today, including Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.  We continue to catch juvenile Bullfinches and another 33 were ringed today. 

A surprise, was a juvenile Redstart.

juvenile Redstart

Sightings, included a Tawny Owl, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk.  However the best sighting must go to Chris, Ann, Glennis and Joan for watching the Water Vole.  Unfortunately the photographs taken show where the Water Vole was!  Camera clicked - Water Vole had disappeared! 

A busy enjoyable day.  Only one more CES to do this year.  Thank you very much to everyone who helped today.

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