Tuesdays 15th and 21st September 2021

Drone image looking northeast along the length of South Milton Ley Nature Reserve

Back at SML after a week’s ringing at Portland Bird Observatory, the highlight of which, for me, was ringing two Wrynecks. There was a little gardening required in the main reed bed net ride before I could start as a torrential thunderstorm during my absence had flattened vegetation into the ride. This done, the ringing was steady rather than exceptional and I even had time to cut in a new 6m ride in an attempt to intercept birds moving down a bordering hedgerow.

Combined totals for both days were: 3 Blackbird, 14 Blackcap, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Chaffinch, 35 Chiffchaff, 4 Dunnock, 4 Great Tit, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Robin, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Willow Warbler and 3 Wren.