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Woolston Eyes Monthly Sightings


Ringing took place on No1 bed on the Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, with 45 birds caught, 29 new which included 23 warblers (5 Sedge, 2 Reed, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaff and Willow warblers), other highlights included the first Great Spotted Woodpecker for the year on the bed. Sightings included Coot with one young, Oystercatcher both days, Water Rail, 2 Grasshopper Warblers and 1 Lesser Whitethroat, along with Large Red Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly and Broad-bodied Chaser.

The No3 bed team were active on the Saturday, catching 66 birds with 49 new, which included three broods of pulli. 15 warblers were ringed including 5 Sedge Warblers, 7 Reed, 2 Whitethroats and 1 Blackcap. Sightings on the bed included 2 calling Water Rails and a reeling Grasshopper Warbler.


Due to the forecast of breezy conditions over the weekend, Dave Riley and Zoe Houghton decided to ring on No1 bed on the Friday morning, catching 31 birds with 14 new, the highlights incuding a Grasshopper Warbler and 4 Reed Warblers along with a British control Reed Warbler. Sightings on the bed included the first two broods of Little Grebe and a second, reeling, Grasshopper Warbler, as well as a Marsh Harrier coming out of roost from the reed bed.

The team on No3 bed managed to find some sheltered net rides to use, and the total of 49 new birds included 3 broods of tits, amongst the highlights were 5 Sedge Warblers and 7 Reed Warblers. Sightings include 2 calling Water Rails and a reeling Grasshopper Warbler.