May 2022

May saw 19 ringing sessions on the headland at 5 different sites. Over these sessions 333 birds were caught of which 195 were newly ringed. 28 different species were caught.

The top 5 species being ringed were

Starling                91, 39 were new.

Dunnock              31, 13 were new.

Blackbird             25, 13 were new.

Goldfinch             19, all new.

House Sparrow     18, 17 were new.

It was nice to catch 62 warblers of 6 species, the most numerous being Willow Warbler closely followed by Lesser Whitethroat.

May saw the first 3 sessions at our Constant Effort Site (CES), over the three sessions 59 birds were newly ringed and 48 birds re-trapped, catching birds previously ringed at this site is important as it provides data on survival rates, breeding trends and site fidelity.