I’ve been volunteering at the Covid mass vaccination centre at Home Park, Plymouth, which has curtailed ringing operations a bit, but today a day off coincided with a decent weather forecast so South Milton beckoned.
After the disappointing catch on my last couple of visits I decided to open the two net rides to the east of the sewage works rather than the main reedbed ride. These are on the edge of an area of wet woodland and I had completed preparatory work on my last visit, replacing posts and guys and lopping off overhanging branches.
Together with the nets beside the sewage works, these proved to be quite productive with 47 birds trapped, only 11 of which were re-traps. Twenty recently fledged Chiffchaffs dominated the catch. Totals were: 5 Blackbird, 4 Blackcap, 23 Chiffchaff, 1 Dunnock, 1 Great Tit, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Robin, 5 Sedge Warbler and 3 Wren.