Monday, 7 September 2009

Our Waterloo!

On 29th Aug, we accomplished our 12th CES visit to 'the Thorns' for the year. This is the first time for a while that we have managed to get all twelve in, mainly due to the dire weather in previous years and the exposed position of the site.
[The site is the old "Secret Airfield" used by the SOE in WW2. Our patch of scrub is now part of Waterloo Farm, hence the name "Waterloo Thorns"]

A huddle on the "dispersal track"

As always, late August does not generate very many birds. This last visit served up 32 birds, 14 of them retraps. Wren 2 (1), Dunnock 1 (1), Robin 1 (2), Blackbird 0 (1), Lesser 'throat 1, Whitethroat 1 (1), Blackcap 4 (1), Chiffchaff 2, Willow Warbler 1, Blue Tit 1 (1), Great Tit 2 (4), Bullfinch 2 (2).

The season's total is approximately 30% UP on medium term average catches. This compares to last years, which was 30% DOWN.

Our next visit, some time over winter when the guns are silent, will be to undertake some more 'extreme gardening'.

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