Steve was out ringing by himself in a site near Omagh out in the west.
The male Willow Warblers are now back in force at PSS with 25+ singing males scattered throughout the scrub. Four birds were captured including two more returning birds originally ringed in April last year. The only other notable change in birds were a single Swallow, an increase in Lesser Redpolls and Black-tailed Godwits plus the absence of Black-headed Gulls.
A total of 24 birds were processed, ten of those new, the best bird was a new male Reed Bunting.
Steve caught nine new birds with three Siskin, five Goldfinch and one Willow Warbler.
Combined ringing totals 17/04/2016
Chaffinch 1 2
Dunnock 1 3
Lesser Redpoll 4 1
Reed Bunting 1
Robin 1 2
Willow Warbler 3 2
Total 19 14
On Saturday morning I made a quick visit to the Bird Hide in the Bann Estuary and picked up a new colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit, as seen below and also the first few Whimbrel of the year with ten birds.
Colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit