Saturday, 22 October 2016

Oxwich Marsh 22 October: autumn thrushes

An almost imperceptible easterly breeze that gradually increased over the morning, open skies and a light frost at the marsh.

We set nets across the bund through the marsh, and a second net line in nearby scrub.

The catch was as follows:

Species
Ringed
Recaptured
Total
Wren
0
2
2
Dunnock
0
1
1
Robin
2
1
3
Blackbird
2
0
2
Song Thrush
0
1
1
Redwing
12
0
12
Cetti's Warbler
1
2
3
Reed Warbler
1
0
1
Blackcap
1
0
1
Chiffchaff
3
0
3
Goldcrest
13
0
13
Long-tailed Tit
1
0
1
Blue Tit
3
1
4
Reed Bunting
2
0
2
Total:
41
8
49

Redwing (we have captured 29 to date this autumn)

We caught a few redwing leaving overnight roosts in and around the marsh in the first half an hour of light, a song thrush (first captured in 2014) in the scrub and a couple of Cetti's warblers.

Our focus then changed to goldcrests and chiffchaffs, which were vocal in willows around the edge of the marsh. However captures were modest, and it was a return to usual late autumn service following the capture of a little bunting during the previous ringing session.


A nice first winter male blackbird with a dark bill

Blackbird (first winter male)
Thanks to Heather Coats, Darren Hicks and Val Wilson for company and assistance this morning.

Owain Gabb
22/10/2016

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