On Sunday morning when the rain stopped and we opened the nets, the team was kept busy and on the move because with this weather situation there was huge migration of Reed Warblers (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) as expected at this time of the year . During the whole morning 350 Reed Warblers were ringed. The rain made the birds go down for cover and as a result of this the nets were full of birds most of the controls. The last first year Marsh Warblers (Acrocephalus palustris) are still on the move too, 40 were captured and with these another Acrocephalus, the Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) was present in good numbers with total of 15 ringed. First two Bluethroats of the Autumn migration were ringed also today , this year we started with two female specimens one adult and one juvenile. Other trans saharan migrants have been in good numbers too , Garden warbler (sylvia borin) 16 ringed , Whitethroat (Sylvia Communis) 6, the first Whinchat ( Saxicola Rubetra) was ringed. 3 Nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos) , 3 Willow Warbler ( Phylloscopus Trochilus) and 1 juv. Red-Backed Shrike ( Lanius Collurio) added to this variety of species. Special attention was given both from the ringers and the paparazzi to 2 Firecrests ( regulus Ignicapillatus) as they are not common to catch in the reserve and they are so small that need special handling. Highlight of the day was a Savi's Warbler ( Locustella Luscinoides ) that was ringed and the third one caught for this season. A Common Sandpiper ( Actitis Hypoleucos) was also ringed and caught in it's typical habitat , the bridges over the ponds . Big thanks to all the team that was kept busy the whole morning. In total 489 birds were captured, great morning !!
Autor: Joseph Dunlop