22nd October and 6th November 2019

South Milton Stream – full to the brim!

I’ve had to snatch whatever opportunities the weather has presented recently, looking for gaps in a seemingly endless succession of days which have been either too wet or too windy. On both dates above the nets had to be closed regularly as showers rattled through, which limited the number of birds caught. Water levels in the Ley are very high at the moment and South Milton Stream has risen until it is level with the bridge to marsh ride. It was quite disconcerting, knowing that the ditch is now over 2m deep as the boards actually dipped underwater when I walked across them.

Over the two days 86 birds were processed: 2 Blackbird, 12 Blue Tit, 1 Bullfinch, 6 Cetti’s Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff, 3 Firecrest, 11 Goldcrest, 4 Great Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Meadow Pipit, 5 Reed Bunting, 3 Robin and 7 Wren.

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