Thursday, 16 April 2015

Migrants return to the Park

           I met with Heather Coats and Chris Newberry for a 06:00 start at Margam Park this morning. The rather cool conditions at the outset soon changed to sunny, cloudless skies. We erected a twelve and an eighteen metre net close to the pond which sheltered a pair of mallards and their recently hatched brood. Two further eighteen metre nets were set along the fence line on the opposite side of our site.
           Our first visit to the pond nets turned up a female blackcap and a chiffchaff. Through the morning the same nets continued to produce blackcap, a chiffchaff and a willow warbler.



                The pair of eighteen metre nets produced only one bird during the morning but it was a green woodpecker which was the second we have caught on the site this year.



              Mid-way through the session I placed a pair of two-shelf  nets along the vegetation boundary in the hope of catching some of the supercharged birds that were chasing each other haphazardly around the area. It paid off with a female mistle thrush and a chiffchaff to round off the session.


Total for the day:
Species
New
Retrap
Total
Green Woodpecker
1

1
Blue Tit
1
2
3
Chiffchaff
3

3
Willow Warbler
1

1
Blackcap
7

7
Blackbird

1
1
Mistle Thrush
1

1
Goldcrest
1
1
2




                Thanks to Heather and Chris.



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