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Woolston Eyes Monthly Sightings


Dave Riley was joined by Zoe Houghton and Liz Kerr for the Friday, catching 89 birds with 64 new, with the highlight a stunning male Redstart, the first since 2009. More juveniles are moving around and it felt almost like old times when we had 20 Blue Tits in one net!

Dave and Liz were also ringing on the Saturday morning, when there was a slight ground frost before dawn. A further 51 birds were caught, with 30 new, including the first Nuthatch for two years and the first Kestrel since 2005. 3 juvenile Willow Tits were the first for the bed this year. The only sighting of note on the bed was a Water Rail

Michael Miles was on No3 bed on the Friday afternoon and was joined by Margaret and Jason for the Saturday morning session, catching 72 birds over the two days, with the 42 new including 2 juvenile Coal Tits and 3 Juvenile Willow Tits, sightings were restricted to a reeling Grasshopper Warbler on the Friday evening.


As the old saying goes “there are lies, damn lies and weather forecasts!” The forcast on Thursday evening predicted rain coming in from Friday morning and staying for the day, along with more rain and breezy conditions on the Saturday morning,as it turned out, the only rain on the Friday was a light shower at tea time. The forecast was a little better by late Friday. So Dave Riley set out for No1 bed, set up a few nets and caught 33 birds, 20 new, including the second juvenile Goldcrest of the year, and after last weekend glut, there was not a Blue Tit in sight!

The team on No3 bed made the same decision, and Kieran, along with Mike, Margaret, Lisa and Jason had set up a good number of nets by 5am, catching 169 birds (114 new) before the rain came in at 11am. The total included 26 new juvenile Great Tits that must have nested in natural cavities or were from the surrounding areas, as all the pulli from the nest boxes were ringed earlier in the year. Other highlights included their third Garden Warbler of the year, 17 Chaffinches and 5 Willow Tits.


Dave Riley had a Friday morning session on No1 bed, catching 38 birds, with the 28 new including the first Kingfisher of the year along with the first Lesser Redpoll (adult female with brood patch) for a few months. Mike Miles was also present on the Friday morning, working No3 bed and catching 87 birds, of which 40 were new. Amongst the retraps were 26 juvenile Great Tits and a Grasshopper Warbler, originally ringed on 30th April. Mike was Joined by Kieran and Lisa on the Sunday morning, catching a further 155 birds, with 109 new, amonst the many juveniles caught were Sedge Warbler, Coal Tit, Willow Tit and Treecreeper. There were no sightings of note.