A faulty starter motor, followed by the storms of last weekend, put paid to planned visits to SML last week so, despite a forecast of thundery showers, I seized the opportunity presented by lower winds on Monday. In the event I only had to close the nets once for about thirty minutes to allow a downpour to pass. Luckily, I had just completed a net round when it started to rain so there were only two birds, which had to be extracted in a hurry. These were ringed in the comfort of my car.
Migrant numbers were low and the ringing was steady. A tape lure playing Tree Pipit song attracted the first birds of the autumn with at least eight present, two of which found their way into a net. 53 birds of 14 species were ringed: 2 Blackbird, 4 Blackcap, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Dunnock, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Robin, 12 Sedge Warbler, 2 Tree Pipit, 1 Whitethroat, 11 Willow Warbler and 3 Wren.