This was a short session with six nets, from dawn till 11.00am. The weather was hot and sunny.

The catch was mainly of juveniles, with good numbers of Blackcaps and some Reed Warblers. Heard but not caught were adult Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs.

The Great Tits have again outnumbered the Blue Tits which suggests the Great Tits have had a very good breeding season. The Robins and Dunnocks have also has some success during the breeding season with good numbers of juveniles being caught.

It is interesting that the Jackdaws have now learnt to scavenge for the food by the Holt, which has been dropped by the Great Tits and Blue Tits with an adult being caught during the last session and two juveniles this time. The young have already learnt where to find food but not to avoid the nets.

Note the blue eyes of the juvenile Jackdaw (left) compared to the much paler eyes of the adult Jackdaw below.

 Also seen and heard was a male Cuckoo, he will shortly be leaving for his winter area.

There were lots of Banded Demoiselles, Blue-tailed Damselflies, Common Blue Damselflies and some Azure Damselflies as well as a Broad-bodied Chaser.

photos © Julian Limentani