This morning saw the year's first Constant Effort Site ringing visit to Paxton Pits. And it was a good one - 65 birds of 18 species caught in total, including 13 retraps (birds we'd ringed earlier).
The first bird out of the first net we put up was this Nightingale (probably a female), and we had another later (a male which sang as he flew off when we released him). We also caught Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler - but no Chiffchaff. We'll get them later in the season.
It's nice to have a sit down and something to eat during CES ringing (we start pre-dawn and finish around lunchtime). Last year I made a lot of flapjack but this year I'm going to try to produce 12 different baked delicacies.
Today's recipe was pineapple and carrot muffins. They went down well.
photos taken with iPhone