Archive for October, 2012

…over at Wraysbury on Saturday morning.

A 7 strong team turned out at 0630. The fog hung around until 1000 this initially kept the birds quiet and the numbers were low, eventually the fog lifted and the bird numbers started to increase. We stayed out until 1330.

The final total for the day was  a healthy 75, my processed list:-

Blabi (Blackbird) 1
Chiff (Chiffchaff) 3
Dunno (Dunnock) 1
Goldc (Goldcrest) 3
Grefi (Greenfinch) 2
Greti (Great tit) 1
Lesre (Lesser Redpoll) 1
Lotti (Long-tailed Tit) 4
Meapi (Meadow pipit) 5

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..this weekend for 3 days ringing.

Fellow ringer, friend and current warden at LBO had invited me down a while back but work and other ringing related commitments had stopped me from visiting sooner, as it turned out this was to my benefit.

Friday morning saw us unfurling most of the nets just before sunrise, we left a few of the more exposed nets closed due to the wind.

There were plenty of birds on site and plenty passing by, the ringing amounted to 20 birds of which I processed 19.

  • Blackbird x 5
  • Song Thrush x 5
  • Robin x 4
  • Redwing x 2
  • Chaffinch x 1
  • Goldcrest x 1
  • Coal tit x 1

Coal tit (Continental)

Saturday turned out to be a cracking day with over 100 birds ringed and plenty passing by. Gavin had his best day since taking over as warden and a record number of Lesser Redpoll ringed, the previous record of 44 surpassed by 22!

My processed list for the day-

  • Wren x 2
  • Robin x 1
  • Lesser Redpoll x 23
  • Chaffinch x 6
  • Blackcap x 1
  • Grey Wagtail x 2 (new species)
  • Dunnock x 1
  • Blue tit x 2
  • Goldfinch x 1
  • Greenfinch x 1
  • Song Thrush x 1

Grey Wagtail


Sunday was another nice day with a total of 37 birds ringed.

My processed list for the day-

  • Blackcap x 1
  • Blackbird x 2
  • Wren x 1
  • Lesser Redpoll x 11
  • Meadow Pipit x 1
  • Song Thrush x 3
  • Goldcrest x 3
  • Chiffchaff x 4
  • Chaffinch x 3
  • Robin x 1
  • Greenfinch x 1

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…to Wraysbury

Blaca (Blackcap) 1
Chiff (Chiffchaff) 2
Reewa (Reed Warbler) 1
Robin 1
Sonth (Song Thrush) 1
White (Whitethroat) 1
Blaca (Blackcap) 5
Bluti (Blue tit) 2
Chiff (Chiffchaff) 2
Dunno (Dunnock) 1
Greti (Great tit) 1
Meapi (Meadow pipit) 1
Piewa (Pied Wagtail) 1 – new species
Robin 1

Chaff (Chaffinch) 1
Chiff (Chiffchaff) 3
Goldc (Goldcrest) 1
Greti (Great tit) 1
Lesre (Lesser Redpoll) 1
Lotti (Long-tailed Tit) 1
Meapi (Meadow pipit) 2
Robin 3
Golfi (Goldfinch) 1

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…the birds.

Having spoken with other members of our ringing group regarding how many new species I might get the chance to handle in Santo Andre my expectations of 4 or 5 was well and truly surpassed, and by some way! I also processed my first ever waders. Below is the full list for the trip.

  • Blaca (Blackcap) x 2
  • Bluet (Bluethroat) x 1 – new species
  • Bluti (Blue tit) x 5
  • Cetwa (Cettis Warbler) x 5
  • Comsa (Common Sandpiper) x 1 – new species
  • Dunli (Dunlin) x 3 – new species
  • Fanwa (Fan-tailed Warbler) x 1 – new species
  • Garwa (Garden Warbler) x 2
  • Grawa (Grasshopper Warbler) x 3 – new species
  • Housp (House Sparrow) x 1
  • Kingf (Kingfisher) x 1
  • Melwa (Melodious Warbler) x 1 – new species
  • Nigal (Nightingale) x 2 – new species
  • Piefl (Pied Flycatcher) x 1 – new species
  • Redst (Redstart) x 1 – new species
  • Reewa (Reed Warbler) x 9
  • Rersw (Red-rumped Swallow) x 1 – new species
  • Rinpl (Ringed Plover) x 1 – new species
  • Sanma (Sand Martin) x 1 – new species
  • Sarwa (Sardinian Warbler) x 2 – new species
  • Savwa (Savis Warbler) x 1 – new species
  • Sedwa (Sedge Warbler) x 1
  • Spofl (Spotted Flycatcher) x 1 – new species
  • Swall (Swallow) x 26
  • Tresp (Tree Sparrow) x 3 – new species
  • Waxbill  x 1 –  new species
  • Whinc (Whinchat) x 1 – new species
  • White (Whitethroat) x 3
  • Wilwa (Willow Warbler) x 3
  • Wryne (Wryneck) x 1 – new species
  • Yelwa (Yellow Wagtail) x 5 – new species

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…Santo Andre…

…A little down time.

We spent a few hours one afternoon checking out the beach and surrounding area.

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…Santo Andre…

…the accommodation.

Carl, Marie and I had this education centre all to ourselves, it normally sleeps 24, so plenty of space!  The view of the lagoon and surrounding area wasn’t bad either.

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…Santo Andre…

…the location.

Well a few months have passed since my last meaningful post, a very busy time at work and trying to make the most of the summer (haha) are going to be my defense! So a recent trip to Santo Andre in Portugal for a week of ringing seems a good place to reconnect with my blog.

Santo Andre is a small town in the south of Portugal, just under 2 hour drive from Lisbon, a relatively new town built in the 1980’s to service the oil & gas industry.

Members of the RRG have been travelling to this location to ring birds for over 20 years and this year I was given the chance to experience it for myself along with Carl & Marie (trainer & fellow trainee).

Lagoa de Santo André is where most of the ringing takes place, a large lagoon of reed bed and open mud flaps.

Most days saw us up at o500 so we could be on site for 0600 and on occasion even earlier! The early ringer catches the birds! We would finish around 1230 head back for a clean up then off to lunch at a local restaurant. We also did a few roosts in the evening between 1800 to 2030 then would gather for a couple of hours for a well earned beer and a buffet of bread, cheese, cold meats and other tasty morsels.

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