Tuesday 26th March 2019

Cirl B 2

With high pressure well and truly established, a sharp overnight frost greeted me when I arrived at South Milton this morning. After a bone-chilling hour erecting seven nets with cold, ice-covered poles, the sun rose to herald a beautiful spring day. Birds were few and far between, with no visible migration and the weather giving little reason for migrants to linger anyway. Despite this, 28 birds were trapped: 2 Blue Tit, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Cirl Bunting, 3 Dunnock, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Great Tit, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Robin, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Wren. The two Cirl Buntings, both males, are the first for two years and the Willow Warbler is the earliest one I have ever caught at SML.

Willow Warbler
The first Willow Warbler of the year



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