Woolston Eyes Monthly Sightings

Brian Burnett


Garganey on No3 Bed taken the same day as the Ring-necked Duck as I recall. Not a great shot so if anyone has a better one..?

Submitted by: Brian Burnett



Just two sessions on No3 bed during the week, with Mike Miles down on the Wednesday, catching 32 birds with eight new including six Bramblings, while on the Saturday morning session, Kieran Foster and Margaret Rawlins caught another 19 birds, with the 12 new including the first Blackcaps (2) and Willow Warblers (2) of the year, along with a further three Bramblings.

Sightings on the bed included 2 Mediterranean Gulls and a Nuthatch (a Wooslton rarity!)



2 weeks ending 16th April 2011 Dave Riley and Zoe Houghton ringed No1 bed on the Friday afternoon (15th) and Saturday morning (16th), catching a total of 50 birds, the 23 new included their first Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Jays of the year. 14 different Willow Warblers were caught over the weekend and the oldest of eight retraps was originally ringed in 2007.

During the two weeks, there was four sessions on No3 bed, catching 129 birds, with 58 new including their first Grasshopper Warblers and Reed Warbler of the year. Amongst the other new birds ringed was an excellent 19 Blackcaps and a further eight Bramblings.

Sightings included Reed Warblers (from 12th), Whitethroats, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler (No1 bed, 16th), 2 Grasshopper Warblers (No3 bed), displaying Sparrowhawks (No2 bed) and Little Owl (No1 bed).



77 new birds were ringed over weekend, of which 46 were warblers. Sedge Warblers arrived in good numbers with 10 caught (3 No1 bed, 7 No3 bed), while the first Whitethroats (7) to be ringed this year were also caught.

Sightings of interest included Cuckoo, Swift, 3 Grasshopper Warblers, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 2 Garganey and a Black Tern, all on No3 apart from the RND which was seen by the weir. No1 bed contributed 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 20 singing Reed Buntings.



It was quiet a breezy session on the Friday afternoon and Saturday morning on No1 bed, with the more sheltered net catching just 19 birds, the four new including the first Grasshopper Warbler to be ringed on the bed this year, along with singles of Robin, Dunnock and Willow Warbler. The team on No3 bed caught a further three new Grasshopper Warblers on the Saturday morning, along two Woodpigeons and singles of Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler and Great Tit.

Sightings included an Arctic Tern over No3 bed, Swift, Water Rail, Green Woodpecker and Greylag Goose all on No1 bed.