Archive for May, 2011

…a walk over the farm to try to photograph the Little Owl that I know frequents the area, I spent over 2 hours in my hide and didn’t see it once, I did however see a Jay at close quarters, it landed just in front of me on an old tree stump no more than 2m away I froze and watched it for 20 seconds or so then slowly tried to refocus my camera but it saw the movement and flew off, so no photograph! Jays are beautiful birds with a very colourful plumage.

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…in nest box 2 have fledged! It seems only 3 of the original 8 chicks have made it from this box. I think the parents have struggled with a lack of insects, one of the adults looks absolutely worn out!

Photograph shows juvenile building up courage to leave the box, I missed the actual final moments by 10 mins!

Blue tit fledging

Other juveniles spotted in the garden today include Great tits, Blackbirds, Nuthatch and Long Tailed tits.

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…to see the outlaws so that means seabirds! A couple of photographs of Herring gulls taken while walking down the seafront, the weather was very overcast and really windy.

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…went well, the usual early start (0545hrs) on site. The weather was mostly dry with just a small shower about 9ish to contend with the wind was up and down and became strong at the end of the session.

Birds I ringed today included two Song Thrush 1 adult and 1 juvenile and two Whitethroat, I’m definitely getting more confident and starting to get my wing length and weight measurements right! The session totals should start to grow now as more and more juveniles fledge.

Other birds ringed by the group include juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker, Robins and Blue tits (which are the cutest things going!) Adult birds included Blackbird, Blackcaps, Great tits, Long Tailed tits, Garden & Sedge Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat and Dunnocks over 60 birds of 13 species in total.

Roll on next weekend!

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…the Farm for 3 weeks, the crops are growing  slowly due to lack of rain but they are growing! It’s really nice to see all the trees in full leaf and green.

Plenty of young juvenile birds flying around at the moment including Blackbird, Blue tits and Song Thrush. Adults spotted included Great Spotted Woodpecker, Little Owl, Jay, Whitethroat and Skylarks.

Also spotted the Blue tit family that recently fledged box 1 in the garden, in the garden!

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…chicks have fledged box 1 in the garden today which is great news, box 2 which also as 8 chicks in it looks likely to empty in the next few days. Also spotted in the garden 2 juvenile Blackbirds.

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…arrived today from the BTO, I’m now officially a BTO trainee bird ringer, now the long journey of early mornings, data absorbing and expert tutelage begins! And I’m so looking forward to it…

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