Friday, 28 April 2017

Beddington Farmlands, 28th April 2017

I was joined by Koje and Magnus A for a ringing session on Hundred Acre. The pre-dawn clamour of recently arrived Reed Warblers in the reedbed was a promising sign and, with little wind and a fair bit of cloud cover, I remained cautiously optimistic for a productive morning. Indeed, it turned out alright with 21 birds caught, including 16 new, making for our most fruitful session on Hundred Acre to date. I was delighted that among the number were eight Reed Warblers, seven new and one already bearing a ring (probably from Beddington in a previous year but to be checked). A male Reed Bunting was another nice catch.

Reed Warbler
Little Ringed Plover
Red Kite

There was plenty of entertainment overhead and around the sludge lagoons, too. One or two Greenshanks were knocking around, as were singles of Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover. A Lesser Whitethroat sang by the gate. I finally reached 150 for Beddington by at long last connecting with a Red Kite on site, albeit a tail-less one!  In the middle of one of the net rounds, Mag picked up a 2cy Iceland Gull flying over.

2cy Iceland Gull