This evening I decided to give the Pied Wagtail roost at Radipole a try as they have recently been roosting a few hundred yards from my current net site on the reserve. The evening went really well except for the lack of wagtails in the net. In fact, I only caught one! They insisted on roosting in their favourite spot... a few hundred yards from the nets. However, I did catch in the 50 minute session 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Robin, 2 Wren, 1 Reed Bunting and this rather handsome chappy.
There were plenty in the area so might try a few more evenings as Bearded Tits are something of mystery with their movements so the more with the rings on the better. They are still showing signs of dispersing which I think is quite late in the season for this to be happening still. A few more evenings targeting the wagtails is certainly on the cards as well, especially as there were over 300 there this evening. A good size catch will really help our colour ringing this autumn!