Monday 2nd September 2019 – Rain stopped play!

The ringing table at 07:00 – with my trusty reed-cutter on the end.

A relatively benign weather forecast saw me arrive at a chilly SML at 6am. With darkish clouds building to the northwest, I switched on the rain alarm app on my phone. Unexpectedly, it worked. The ringing area is in a mobile phone black hole – not much use if I catch a rarity or, worse still (from my point of view), fall in a ditch and break my leg – but today there was one bar. It still took about 3 minutes for each radar map to load though. Consequently, I had advance warning of the arrival of a rogue shower, furled the nets and sat in the car with the ringing equipment until it passed. I’ll be glad when the English cricket season ends and the weather settles down!

Furled nets at 09:00

There were so few migrants around that a thirty minute break is unlikely to have impacted much on my meagre totals, which panned out at just 25 birds, dominated by Blackcaps: 14 Blackcap, 1 Blue Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Great Tit, 2 Reed Warbler and 1 Wren.

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