To catch the birds we erected a mist net and then played a recording of Chiffchaffs and Willow warblers to draw the birds towards the net, the nets cause no harm and all birds are extracted by trained bird ringers.
We had a very successful few hours with the first bird being a bit of a surprise, a Spotted Flycatcher had by chance hit the net. It turned out that the bird was one of this years young, it has therefore started the very long journey South to Africa for the first time.
We also ringed Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, Blue tit and a very young Robin that still didn't have a red chest.
|Juvenile Willow Warbler|