An intrepid band of ringers did battle with the elements at Stortons Gravel Pits yesterday morning and managed some ringing before it became too windy. A Water Rail caught and ringed is now one of several during the year and further evidence that this site is no longer just a wintering area. The capture of a Kingfisher is unusual for this time of year and suggests it is breeding nearby. Some good numbers of Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats is also welcoming. Whilst on-site, other birds seen and heard included Hobby, Cuckoo and Little Egret.