Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Survey-tastic!

It's been a hectic weekend and start to the week for me, full of a variety of BTO surveys! On the weekend I managed five Timed Tetrad Visits in East Lincolnshire for the Bird Atlas - the highlight being Hobby, new to TF45.

This was followed by football (OK, so not a BTO survey) on Sunday and sulking on Monday. We then ran our CES (Constant Effort Site ringing) on Tuesday at a great site in the Norfolk Broads. Amongst our catch was a French-ringed Reed Warbler which was a pleasant surprise, only the seventh to be found in Norfolk.


Very characteristic of the site are some of the reedbed birds, and on two net rounds we had Grasshopper Warbler and Bearded Tit in the hand together!


We did have to close nets at one point as the mother of rain storms came over, but thankfully we had a handy BBQ, both to cook breakfast and dry soaked hoodies.


In the evening we just about managed to squeeze in some nest recording at one of our sites near Thetford. We managed to ring six broods of Reed Warblers, check on a further 12 nests, and I even managed to find a Reed Bunting nest, with three 2-day-old chicks and an unhatched egg - the fourth at this site so far in 2010.

Last up was my BBS square this morning at Weybread, Suffolk. The highlight here was a very obliging pair of Spotted Flycatchers, but there were also plenty of family parties buzzing round.

So if you've never got involved in survey work, do give it a go! For more info, visit the BTO website.

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