Archive for August, 2016


Goose roundups  – 3rd

A trip out to Richmond Park to meet up with Phil Belman and help with the annual roundups. Each year we are seeing less birds on the pond and this year was no different, we caught c30 of only 40 birds present.

Canada Geese - Richmond Park

Canada Geese – Richmond Park


A late invite to ring Marsh Harriers by Swale Ringing Group in Kent was an opportunity not to be missed. A hastily reshuffle of workload allowed me to head to Kent with Paul. This visit was the ‘mop-up’ round, to ring juveniles that had either been to small or not hatched on the previous visit. Unfortunately for Paul and myself, of the 4 nests checked none had any surviving young. We did get to see some of the fledged birds flying above and it was still great to meet with new ringers and learn about a magnificent bird.

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CES 7 – 9th

Far from perfect weather conditions (something we’ve come to expect this year!) but within ringing guidelines had us out at Wraysbury again for CES 7. A team of 5 processed a total of 48 birds, 41 new and 7 recaptures, Chiffchaff led the way with 12 processed followed by Blackcap on 6.

CES 9 – 30th am

Having missed CES 8, I was eager to get out and catch some birds. Better weather conditions than my last CES visit but still far from what we’d expect for this time of year and not what had been forecast the previous evening, at least the wind was not as bad as our previous visits but a north westerly did keep it cooler than we’d like. A team of 6 were out to support the CES cause.

74 birds processed in total with a 60/14 new/retrap split. Chiffchaff was the most numerous ringed with 21 followed by Whitethroat and Garden Warbler with 7 each.

Chobham Common – 30th pm

Woodlark had been spotted on the common so Carl and I decided to have a go at catching some using my spring trap baited with mealworm. We trekked over to the area in question but unfortunately couldn’t see or hear any, however there were plenty of Stonechat about so we set for them and were able to catch 2 birds, both juvenile.

Juvenile Stonechat

Juvenile Stonechat




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