Saturday, 28 April 2012


Ringing at the reserve this morning produced a veritable flood of migrants:

1 Cetti's Warbler (well ok it may be a resident!)
3 Chiffchaffs
16 Willow Warblers
5 Reed Warblers
21 Sedge Warblers and
43 Blackcaps
The only resident bird ringed was a Goldfinch.
This went well with the 49 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins ringed last night and released this morning.
The morning was finished off in excellent fashion by finding 2 Black-winged Stilts just outside the reserve on the flooded field by the Tarka Trail, along with a fine summer plumage Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Common Sandpipers. Strangely, I was sure I heard a Stilt 'yelping' a while before I saw them. A small crowd soon arrived!
I see the 2 at Exminster/BGM seem to have gone, so presumably those birds?