Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Final Session of the Spring for Ty'n y Caeau - 8/4/2015

Cedwyn and Chris made it to Ty'n y Caeau for the last session and that's just as well since another of the bamboo poles snapped. Fortunately there was enough left to set the nets at a reasonable height. The rest are all showing their age now so the autumn sessions will probably require a whole new set of poles.
With the feeder down to about 2/3rds full we were hoping for a reasonable catch, as obviously there had been birds around since it was last filled on Sunday. 
There was plenty of birds about - Greenfinch and Yellowhammer in the hedgerow and Skylark, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Swallows overhead.
This proved to be unfounded optimism as the morning yielded only 10 birds, even though there was plenty of activity in the crop adjacent to the nets. So much so that we put up another pair of double shelf nets in the hope of getting a better catch.

Totals for the day:

Monday, 6 April 2015

Signs of Spring - Kenfig 4/4/15

An early start, for Cedwyn and Chris, on an overcast and still rather cold morning rewarded us with Kenfig's first Chiffchaff of the year and sighting of the first Swallow over the reserve. The targeted Reed Bunting were fairly elusive though plenty were seen feeding on the millet being provided for them. Though the catching was slow the morning was still very productive as we manged to repair one of the Ty'n y Caeau nets which had a large number of holes in the top shelf (I know nets by definition have lots of holes, but I'm sure you get the picture).

Totals for the day: