Sedge Warbler nest
During the course of the morning, we saw fledged Sedge Warblers and I've had friends tell me that they already have fledged Reed Warblers. To date, I haven't had fledged Whitethroat and only one Blackcap and whilst finding birds on eggs at this stagein the breeding season isn't unusual, it does highlight how important it is to continue to monitor nests through the spring/summer season. The Nest Record Scheme is run by the BTO and using records collected from non-ringers and ringers, allows the calculation of breeding performance. Anyone can be a nest recorder and the BTO runs a number of excellent training courses in different parts of the country in April/May - Charlie attended one last month and testifies to the value of these courses.
In the afternoon, me and Moxey headed out to do a bit of bird watching and, as ever, with a few mist nets and poles in the car, we opportunistically caught the first juvenile Swallow of the year. This is the earliest in recent years that we have caught a juvenile Swallow and in this next week I will spend some time visiting farms to ring Swallow, Barn Owl and Kestrel pulli.
Juvenile Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
I've also recently added a new panel on the right hand side of the blog with the ring numbers of any controls that we have caught so far this year. Keep an eye out and, as we approach ringing our 3000th bird of the year, see if we have caught one of yours.