Thursday 27th August 2020

A brief lull in the recent unseasonal strong winds and torrential showers forced my hand and I made an early start. Things did not go well initially. I was late getting the nets up as I was using my brand new Ecotone net, to replace one a badger destroyed last month, only to find that one of the net loops was threaded through the net about a metre from the end. Keeping the 18m net under tension with one hand whilst trying to unravel it with the other was a pig on my own and I didn’t get all six nets open until about 7am. Dave Scott’s Landrover was parked up by the boardwalk but I couldn’t get up to speak to him before the rain set in at about 9am so I don’t have his totals yet. I managed 38 new birds in the end, half of which piled into the nets by the STW when it started to rain. I ended up sat in the car, festooned with bird bags, ringing and processing them before releasing them out of the window!

New birds: 9 Blackcap, 5 Blue Tit, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Robin, 2 Sedge Warbler, 7 Willow Warbler and 4 Wren.

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