The catching started quick with 10 birds in the nets whilst setting up. Once I processed the birds I went back for the next round and had 41 birds. Because I was by myself and I had a lot of birds to process, I closed one of the nets and went for ring, age, sex and fling method. Once I had finished processing the last lot I went to close up, catching a further 31 birds.
In total I managed 79 new birds and only three retraps. The low retrap rate surprised me, as, with 144 new birds ringed last year, I was expecting a much higher return. Hopefully over the next two visits, we can pick up more of these birds from last year. 7 of the birds were juveniles from this year, 42 males, 32 Females and 1 unsexed.
Adult Sand Martin
Juvenile Sand Martin
I'm off the Greece for a bit of island hopping for a couple of weeks, so the blog will be quiet. The next Sand Martin Visit is planned for mid July (perhaps 10-12th weekend), so get in touch if you want to come along. We will probably go for a late visit and then go for a Storm Petrel session after.