Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Oxwich Marsh 9 & 10 September 2014

A morning session on 9 September and an evening roost on 10th September.  Both were completed in good, relatively still, conditions.
The combined catch was as follows:

Species New Re-trapped Total
Sparrowhawk 0 1 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 0 1 1
Sand Martin 3 0 3
Swallow 75 0 75
Tree Pipit 1 0 1
Meadow Pipit 5 0 5
Wren 0 1 1
Dunnock 0 3 3
Robin 6 1 7
Cetti's Warbler 2 0 2
Sedge Warbler 1 0 1
Reed Warbler 4 0 4
Whitethroat 1 0 1
Blackcap 11 0 11
Chiffchaff 5 0 5
Goldcrest 1 0 1
Blue Tit 0 5 5
Great Tit 2 1 3
Greenfinch 2 1 3
Goldfinch 1 2 3
Total: 120 16 136

The highlights were the thirteenth tree pipit of the year, five meadow pipits (all caught in the NRW compound), two Cetti's warblers, moving us close to 20 new birds for the year, another 11 blackcaps, five chiffchaffs and a few more Acros to keep the totals ticking.
As during previous weeks, large numbers of swallows were noted over the marsh towards dusk, along with small numbers of house and sand martins.  Unfortunately, a few minutes before the birds were due to go into roost (based on previous weeks), a sparrowhawk came through, causing the swallow flocks to gain considerable altitude.  Many then dispersed, and from a likely catch of several hundred birds, we were reduced to a catch of 78.
Many thanks to Cedwyn Davies, Keith Vaughton, Wayne Morris, Heather Coats, Charlie Sargent, Phil Mead and Gail Cobbold (scribe) for company and assistance this week.
Some pictures of the pipits are below.

Owain Gabb
10/09/14

Tree pipit (note the white belly, relatively well marked head, lack of heavy flank streaking and short hind claw)

Tree pipit claws

Meadow pipit claws (Cedwyn Davies)

Meadow pipit (Cedwyn Davies)

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