Archive for May, 2012

…which ended up being a single!

Saturdays CES 3 session was cancelled due to the weather, although it was a lovely warm sunny day the wind levels where above what is safe for mist netting and as the safety of the birds is paramount the decision was taken to cancel.

Sundays session was also looking touch and go with the wind the major factor again, however the forecast changed rapidly throughout Saturday and the predicted wind levels dropped, so a team of 7 assembled at 0500hrs Sunday morning.

We split into 3 teams and set about setting up. This season we’re replacing the old bamboo poles with metal ones so fingers crossed they’ll work out well, initial results are looking good.

The bird count was quite good with Reed Warbler taking top spot on the day which is good as they are one of our target species. My contribution consisted of 12 birds processed and plenty of extractions.

Bluti (Blue tit) 2
Cetwa (Cettis Warbler) 1
Dunno (Dunnock) 1
Reebu (Reed Bunting) 1
Reewa (Reed Warbler) 7

Next months visit should see us starting to catch this years young.

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Firstly, CES 2 went ahead, an overcast day saw a team of 9 assemble at the usual meeting place at 0545hrs.

I was not fully fit for this session and was unable to help out with setting up, so while the rest of the team got stuck in I was left minding the camp, not being the ‘sitting around watching others work’ type this proved to be very frustrating and quite tedious. There was a positive side however, I was able to ring more birds!

It proved to be a good day on the bird front with an above average long-term mean 94 processed, 45 new and 49 re-traps (last years same day total was 53).

I processed a total of 22

Blabi (Blackbird) 1
Blaca (Blackcap) 2
Chiff (Chiffchaff) 3
Dunno (Dunnock) 1
Garwa (Garden Warbler) 2
Leswh (Lesser Whitethroat) 1
Robin 1
Sedwa (Sedge Warbler) 2
White (Whitethroat) 6
Wilwa (Willow Warbler) 3

So to the second part of the day.

After a lovely pub lunch we headed off to Woolley Firs Farm (via my trainers house) to check on the bird boxes with the hope of ringing some pulli (chicks before they leave the nest). we surveyed all the boxes and ended up ringing just a few that were ready, back mid-week to do more.

I eventually arrived home at 1915hrs…completely knackered, having had a great day.

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witnessed on the drive to Wraysbury this morning certainly helps make the 0430hrs get-up worthwhile.

Arriving on site at 0540 I met up with 8 others. We gathered our equipment and set off.

It was decided to try a different part of the site today and not the usual CES rides. The wind was breezy and quite fresh and probably had an effect on the overall totals however we caught quite a few different¬†species including 11 Starlings (mostly recently fledged birds) which we wouldn’t normally catch.

There are a few horses kept on the site and we spotted a day old foal wobbling about with his mum! Only now I’m thinking why I didn’t get a photo!

My contribution to the session today was 4 processed and 7 extractions.

  1. Blaca (Blackcap) x 1
  2. Robin x 1
  3. Starl (Starling) x 1
  4. White (Whitethroat) x 1

It’s a busy one next week, CES session Saturday morning, pulli ringing Saturday afternoon and a Sunday session too! I guess you could say I’m into this ringing!!!

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…on the ringing front.

Initially Saturday was to be the first CES session of the year and Sunday was to see me over at Woolley Firs carrying out a bird box survey with my trainer, as it happens there was a switch in activities and day due to the bad wind and rain on Saturday causing a postponement of the CES until Sunday so we did the bird box survey on Saturday.

Sunday certainly was better than Saturday weather wise but was still rather cold and overcast for the entire session. 9 souls turned out for the rearranged session consisting of 3 trainers and 6 trainee’s. It turned out to be a good day bird wise with an above mean average of 56 new birds and 20 plus re-traps compared with 18/21 from the corresponding session last year,¬†encouraging start for the new net ride configuration.

I was able to process 15 birds along with 15 extractions.

  1. Bluti (Blue Tit) x 2
  2. Blaca (Blackcap) x 1
  3. Chiff (Chiffchaff) x 4
  4. Dunno (Dunnock) x1
  5. Lotti (Long-tailed Tit) x1
  6. Robin x 1
  7. Sedwa (S edge Warbler) x1
  8. White (Whitethroat) x 4

It was great to get back into the groove!

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