This morning I caught 26 birds of 7 species which although a reasonable catch it is not as many as there would have been a couple of years ago. I suspect that some have become wary of mist nets but this morning I saw another possible cause with a Stoat spotted near one of the nets.
Species caught were -
Blackbird - 1 (0)
Chaffinch - 3 (0)
House Sparrow - 1 (0)
Starling - 1 (0) another young bird moulting into adult winter plumage
|Moulting juvenile Starling|
Silvereye - 8 (0) a small tally for this site and almost all caught in 1 net on the same net round.
Fantail - 2 (3) all the recaps were banded in the last few months and have moulted into adult plumage.
Grey Warbler - 6 (1) one of the highest catches of this little bird.
|The juvenile Grey Warblers had a variety of red in their eyes. Gradually changing into the adult bright red.|