Friday, 14 July 2017

Swallows in the roost

The last two weeks have seen a rapid increase in the number of swallows going to roost in Winterton Marsh from just 30 birds at the start of the month to around 300 in the last few days.  We try to catch in roughly ten day periods to September when the roost finally disperses and on 12th we caught 65 new birds, all except one were juveniles and many just fledged.
Additional birds ringed were Sedge and Reed Warblers, Whitethroat, Sand Martin and Pied Wagtail and we controlled a heavily in moult blue tit ringed in March nearby.

In the last week we also managed a small catch of Strom Petrels - just 29 new birds and a control.