Monday, 14 September 2015

Portugal Day 4


Somewhat bleary-eyed today as we recover from nocturnal ringing activities last night around the Santo Andres Lagoon. Richard and Kenny spent the first half of the night working mist-nets on the woodland edges and fringes of the reed-beds and managed to capture a gaggle of Tree Sparrows plus splendid individuals of Little Owl and Nightjar. 

Helen and I managed the wader nets overnight, sometimes in very muddy conditions. We managed to process about 35 Dunlin plus 3 Common Sandpipers, a Ringed Plover and a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper. Wild Boar could be heard in the reed-beds near to us and other constant companions included bats and lots of active fish and frogs in the shallows. The warmth in the air meant that dragonflies were still flying at night but thank-fully very few biting insects. Although there was a lull in bird activity during the early hours, the marshes don't sleep at night and we heard/saw Night Herons and Stone Curlew among more routine fare...


Neil M

Santo Andres marsh at dawn
courtesy of Helen Franklin

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