Friday, 15 April 2011

Brook Vale Burns (Again)

Today Moxey headed to Ince Blundell with Steve and Natasha, weather conditions were favourable and during the morning, they experimented with different net locations. A new 'secret location', yielded six Blackcaps in one net round, adding to our increasing total of Blackcaps. By this time last year, we had only ringed six Blackcaps, mainly at the Woodhams and Crosby Hall, so far this year, we have ringed thirty eight!

Moxey's excitement for ringing Jays was indulged, with two new birds being caught amongst the few tits that were on territory.

Jay - 2
Blackcap - 7
Robin - 1
Wren - 1
Goldcrest - 1 (1)
Blackbird - 3
Blue Tit - 3 (2)
Great Tit - 1 (2)

TOTAL: 19 (5)

I raced home from work this afternoon, having just finished for my Easter break, picked up the ringing gear, Tineke and Canela and headed down to Brook Vale to see what else had arrived. I was optimistic of Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers that seem to be appearing all over the place now and it wasn't long before optimism was replaced with a series of expletives.

I hadn't been into Brook Vale since last Friday and I had been worried over the weekend that the combination of the good weather and the school holidays in Sefton, might lead to a return of the arsonists that torched the reed bed a month ago. My fears were manifest when we put the line up. The remainder of the reed bed that hadn't burned was now devastated at the very time that the warblers returning to breed are due to arrive.

New growth from the previous burn in the foreground, with the more recent burn in the distance

The view from outside the fence - the probable source of the fire.

The ringing was slow, and rather uneventful. There were at least six singing Blackcap, however only one juvenile female was caught.

Great Tit - (2)
Reed Bunting - (1)
Wren - (1)
Chaffinch - 1
Goldfinch - 1
Blackcap - 1
Blackbird - 1
Robin - 1

TOTAL: 5 (4)

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