The exceptional warm and dry spell continues with little sign of change in the immediate future. I’ve been getting the nets opened for 06:00 as it’s cooler then and the birds are more active. By midday it’s just too hot! At least the paths around the Ley have finally been mown. Trudging through knee high grass between the net rides and the ringing station for the last two months was no fun either. Nick Townsend and a colleague arrived at 09:00 to erect new signage to reflect the new, more-relaxed access policy implemented by Devon Birds. Unfortunately, the ground probably couldn’t be harder than it is at the moment so I don’t know how they got on trying to hammer in posts to attach the signs to.
The ringing on both days was steady and is now dominated by the offspring of local breeders. The grand total for the two days was 88 new birds: 2 Blackbird, 11 Blackcap, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Bullfinch, 13 Chiffchaff, 8 Dunnock, 3 Great Tit, 1 Reed Bunting, 23 Reed Warbler, 4 Robin, 6 Sedge Warbler, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Whitethroat and 9 Wren.