The first session was at Winterton on 4th May, with 29 new birds and 3 retraps being processed.
It was nice getting 3 Garden Warbler, a species we seldom catch.
Dunnock 1 (1) originally ringed 07/04/12
Garden Warbler 3
Blackcap 7 (1) Great to get a returning bird , this one from the Spring before, 05/05/12
Willow Warbler 3
Great Tit 2 (1) Originally ringed 10/10/10
Reed Bunting 1
We also had a bit of net maintenance to sort out on site, Dave had dropped it in bracken a couple of years ago !
It had only just came to light, but it beggars the question as to how many ringers it takes to sort one net out ?
Job creation ?
The second session was at Martham woods and a small fishing pit nearby on 11th May.
This produced 38 new birds ,3 retraps , a control and our first pulli of the year in the shape of 2 Tawny Owl.
Tawny Owl, these had 2 young Rats in the box for lunch.
Robin 2 (1) from 25/04/11
Sedge Warbler 6
Reed Warbler 3
Blue Tit 1
Great Tit 2 (1) from 01/05/10
Treecreeper (1) originally ringed 25/04/11
Goldfinch 1 (1 control) With a French/Paris ring on, our first from France.
Reed Bunting 1
The biggest surprise of the year so far was the ringing of an adult Buzzard at Hickling, this was a truly awesome encounter and was a first adult any of us had seen in the hand !
On our trips we have managed seeing a few insects with the first Speckled Woods, Large Red and Blue Tailed Damselflies being seen at Martham on 11th.