Wednesday 5th February 2020

Horswell Ditch today

Ringing at this stage of the winter is often unproductive as most wintering birds are already ringed and many are starting to move on. The increasingly mild winters have also significantly reduced the numbers of wintering thrushes, finches and buntings so I wasn’t expecting a great deal today. My expectations were realised with just 16 new birds processed together with 36 re-traps. Totals included 24 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 5 Firecrest and a solitary Reed Bunting.

Marsh Ride bridge – now with wire-mesh surface.

I took advantage of the low workload to put the finishing touches to the bridge to Marsh Ride. It’s now covered with wire mesh to provide grip and sufficiently clear of the water to prevent the mesh from trapping floating vegetation in the future.

I also walked around to Horswell Ditch to check on the stability of the bank I rebuilt at the weekend. It’s still there at the moment! Only time will tell if I have done enough but the water level has risen to the top of the sluice and was pouring merrily over the top, which is a good sign.

Full again – Horswell sluice with the repaired bank at the lower right

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