On Saturday, I met up with the gang at Brook Vale to get cracking at some of the big willows that we hadn't yet cleared from the reed bed. With a little help from my old cub scout leader, Kenny, and the mighty muscles of Steve, Moxey and Charlie, we got stuck into the quagmire reminiscent of Glastonbury.
During the morning, there were at least three Chiffchaff calling successfully dodging the five Sparrowhawks that were seen hunting through the willows. With more of the pools now fully exposed due to the burn, there were a lot more ducks about, with upto twelve Mallard and two Teal coming in to land. As we were leaving the site, we heard our first Willow Warbler and with the arrival of these migrants, the anticipation of the summer is totally set in.
We managed to get a lot cut down and removed from the site, but in sticking to the management plan, we still have more work to complete in the next week or two. I am due to meet Steve down at Brook Vale on Thursday evening to take advantage of the extra hour of daylight.
When Moxey got home from Brook Vale, he opened the 9m in the garden following the first Reed Bunting record in the garden, interesting considering Ian has ringed almost fifty in his garden this year. Unfortunately there were no Reed Buntings to be had, however, this little beauty found his way into the net. A first-year male Sparrowhawk:
Sunday brought about a rare event, not only did the weather forecasters get the forecast right, but I completed a ringing session on my own, well, I did have Canela. It's unusual for me to go ringing on my own, but Neil was up in the lakes, Steve was with family and Moxey was in Formby trying to tempt a Jackdaw out of a church.
The fantastic weather, brightening and calm, gave me a fantastic opportunity to mend a 9m net that I inherited from Tony Duckels. So that was one thing I could cross off my to-do list, that somehow seems to keep growing. A reasonably quiet ringing session brought the first Song Thrush for Crosby Hall this year and the Chiffchaff from Friday was retrapped as two others sang elsewhere in the wood.
Blue Tit - 6 (6)
Great Tit - 2 (2)
L.T.Tit - (2)
Robin - 2
Goldfinch - 1 (1)
Chaffinch - 4 (3)
Greenfinch - 2
Song Thrush - 1
Blackbird - 1
Nuthatch - (2)
Chiffchaff - (1)
TOTAL: 19 (15)