Image showing the patches of gorse and the two blocks of scrub behind, where we set the nets
The only obvious migrants around were the dozens of singing Willow Warbler, at least 3 male Blackcap, a single Swallow and a number of Sandwich Terns.
The catch of 25 new birds and 5 retraps was made up mostly of Lesser Redpoll (34 caught on site this year) and Willow Warbler, plus the first Blackcap of the year.
Smart male Lesser Redpoll
Surprisingly 5 of the Willow Warbler were caught skulking about the low gorse nets, rather than the singing males around the 'West Ride'. From the picture below you can see that the Sea Buckthorn is still at budding stage but the warm weather over the next few days should open the leaves. The Elder is a step further, with the first few leaves out but it will also fill out in the coming days, increasing the catches in the currently bare net rides.
A rather bare section of 'East Ride'
Ringing Totals 16/04/2015
Bullfinch 2 2
Lesser Redpoll 9
Willow Warbler 8
Wren 1 2
Total 25 5