Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Successful warblers

This morning I went with UEA ringing group to our constant site near Whitlingham. It's a lovely site with mixed habitat - wet marshy bits and nice scrub and low bushes. An early start (04:00) meant an impressive dawn chorus when we approached the ringing site. Especially nice were two reeling Groppers. Ringing was pretty good. In an era of declines, especially of trans-Saharan migrants, it was really nice to have a ringing session dominated by migrant warblers: Garden, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow and Sedge. All were present in good numbers and evidently had a good breeding season - lots of juveniles.

 Garden Warbler

Sedge warbler 

Willow Warbler - recently fledged juvenile

Reed Bunting - recently fledged juvenile

Our ringing site

Thanks to Iain, Phil and Thom for a great morning.

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