The ringers operating at Stortons Gravel Pits enjoyed perfect conditions this morning, culminating in the capture of 95 birds which included at least 52 warblers! They were made up of 18 Blackcaps, 20 Reed Warblers, 4 Whitethroats, 3 Garden Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs and 3 Cetti's Warblers. Both Stortons and Pitsford now only catch very small numbers of Willow Warblers, and then mostly during the spring and autumn as the bulk of this species now breeds much further north than middle-England. Certainly when I first started ringing, the Willow Warbler was about the most common warbler encountered.
In the relative coolness of this evening, Eleanor located a single Redstart in the Brampton Valley between Cottesbrooke and Hanging Houghton, and another in hedging near Haselbech Hill.