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Archive for September, 2014

…for this season.

 

Although wading through the thick mud of the reed beds at GMP can be very hard work (the water levels have been very low this year) the last visit of the year is always tinged with a little sadness knowing it will be 6 months before we again don our waders and step out into the reeds.

Having completed the CES last visit we were able to set more nets in different locations this time around, our main area of concentration this week was the NW corner. The catch for the session was 35 with a 24/11 new/retrap split, highlights of the day, a Cetti’s warbler first ringed April 2011 and a first year Grey Wagtail.

Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

Unfortunately for Carl having replaced one of his 60′ nets a few weeks ago after a Canada goose went through it, twice! the same thing happened again, another costly hole.

The last visit of the year also means gathering up all the poles, ties and potter traps for removal from site for repairs and safe keeping.

It’s been a most enjoyable season on the pond and the customary after session pint and chips at The Beehive will be missed. All that’s left to do now is crunch the numbers and see what sort of year it’s been statistically.

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Where have I been?

With the summer slipping into autumn I thought it about time I reconnected with my blog.

I’ve had a fairly productive summer with the ringing with a few sessions in the garden and trips to our CES @ Windsor. The great weather we’ve had this year seems to have had a positive effect on the breeding, hopefully the survival will be up too.

We are now moving into our autumn ringing phase and will be visiting our autumn/winter locations, Skylarks on the farm, yellowhammer at Woolley Firs and winter migrants (Redpoll) on Chobham Common.

I will start to make the next batch of nesting boxes hopefully adding a Barn Owl and Treecreeper to the repertoire. I’ve also started making Potter and spring traps so it looks like a busy autumn/winter in the workshop.

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