George ringed today over at the Observatory and processed 11 birds including 8 New birds and 3 Retraps.
The mornings catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (0/1) Wren, (2/0) Blackbird, (1/0) Lesser Whitethroat, (1/2) Whitethroat, (2/0) Chaffinch, (1/0) Goldfinch and (1/0) Reed Bunting.
A less than impressive morning then, though the Spring migration is more or less coming to a close now at Gib, the Reed Bunting will no doubt be breeding locally and the New warblers continue to add to the years warbler total which in also encouraging gathering pace.
On a positive note though Tim Bagworth ringed the first Wader Pullus of the year today with 4 Lapwings ringed whilst nest monitoring.
Also reported on the reserve on the 4th May 2011 were -
x1 Red Kite (South)
x1 Ring Ouzel
x1 Spotted Flycatcher
x1 Willow Tit! (this is a serious rarity at Gib!)