The following week three broods of Mute Swans and a pair of non-breeders were ringed, followed by the first swan round up in the valley, with 18 moulting adult birds caught.
Towards the middle of the month it started to go quiet on the duck front, with just the odd one or two keeping the totals going. Then during the last 10 days of the month it suddenly became all about hand catching wildfowl and mist netting waders! As the water started to drain away Bank Island changed from a pool of water for ducks to a muddy area just right for waders. The catches were far and beyond what we'd hoped for...a new bird for the LDV was caught - a Spotted Redshank, plus only the 3rd and 4th ever Greenshanks, 4 new Common Sandpipers and 5 Green Sandpipers to name a few. More importantly though, 8 Ruff were caught in a single catch and all were colour-ringed, along with 30 Snipe.
Several more attempts at hand catching worked well with 41 Coot caught and 21 Moorhens, bringing the monthly total of wildfowl to 205 (a new August record), which is also our second best month so far this year, with February still holding top spot with 408 caught during the freeze!
Below are the totals for this month plus the years total so far: