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…on the 17th April. A clear bright morning with a light WNW breeze.

A modest 31 birds processed with a 14/17 new/retrap split and a good number of species caught including:

  • 8 Blackcap
  • 2 Willow warbler
  • 1  Whitethroat
  • 1 Lesser Whitethroat
  • 1 Sedge warbler
  • 1 Chiffchaff
  • 3 Song thrush
  • 6 Dunnock
  • 5 Long-tailed tit
  • 2 Robin
  • 1 Blue tit

 

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With this year’s CES (C4) done and dusted we now turn our attentions to other areas of Wraysbury and other sites in general.

Sunday 6th September

Still at Wraysbury but in a different area to our CES, C6, a total of 45 birds were caught with a 34 new/11 retrap split.

Saturday 19th September

Wraysbury C6 again, slightly better numbers than the previous week with a total of 71 birds caught and a 54 new/17 retrap split. The first Meadow pipits of the autumn for the site being the highlight of the session, 10 new birds caught in total and all this hatched this year.

Saturday 26th September

Another visit to Wraysbury C6. Numbers down from previous visit with a 51 new/6 retrap split. Still plenty of Blackcaps on site with 24 caught, all hatched this year and a few more Meadow pipits also all young birds.

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Saturday 1st August

I was finally able to attend another CES session over at Wraysbury. A team of 5 turned out for CES 9. A rather calm session wind wise considering this year’s continued windy weather conditions. In addition to the CES nets we added a further 5 x 60′ nets. The total processed for the day was 131 of which 67 were CES.

Saturday 8th August 

Wraysbury again for CES 10. A cool start with a gentle breeze early on giving way to sunny cloudless skies by mid morning with a light gusting breeze. A total of 114 birds processed with 94 new and 20 retraps.

Sunday 9th August

A busy day was planned for what turned out to be a very pleasant day weather wise, the sun showing for most of the day after a fairly chilly start.

Paul and myself were over at Woolley Firs first thing, a second attempt to catch a juvenile Firecrest and prove they are breeding in Berkshire. We set 2 40’s in the wood and played Firecrest at one net and Blackcap at the other, we didn’t have to wait long for our first bird, on our first check round.

Friday 21st August

A trip to Rutland Water for the Birdfair 2015 accompanied by Carl.

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The first week of June, 3rd & 7th, saw Paul and myself out and about in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire checking our owl boxes on behalf of Bisham Barn Owl Group

Barn owl pulli

Barn owl pulli

A week on the Isle of May 13th – 20th

Having missed out previously, it’s a very popular location for photographers, artists and ringers alike, and with limited space, a team of us, Carl, Paul, Marie, Tonia, Stuart and myself managed to secure a week on the ‘May’ in June.

The Isle of May boasts Scotland’s oldest Bird Observatory, which was founded in 1934, and is home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds, including Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Shags, Cormorants and terns, it is also a stop-off point for many migrating species.

Transfer out to the island was courtesy of Roy, aboard the RIB “Osprey”, an interesting and rather exciting 25 minute journey due to the wind and a choppy swell which had us all thankful for the supplied waterproofs!
Osprey

 

The island has two accommodation area’s; the main block which is home throughout the season to the reserve staff and volunteers who monitor the vast and varied wildlife and the Lowlight Lighthouse which is where visiting ringers, birdwatchers and artists stay, duration is limited to one week.

 

Lowlight - IoM

Lowlight – IoM

The accommodation is well-appointed considering it’s an old lighthouse stuck on a rock, a recently added block consisting of 3 bedrooms, toilet and a solar-powered shower have really added ‘stars’ and a level of comfort previously missing, it’s not quite living off-grid but pretty close!

The six of us quickly settled in to island life and found a routine that suited all.

As always with ringing the weather plays a major factor in activities and that was certainly the case on the ‘May’, and as you’d expect the wind played its part and at times hampered our mist net deployment, however, there was plenty of other ringing to be had which the wind didn’t affect.

Throughout the week we were involved in various ringing activities; we helped catch and ring Puffins, part of one of the schemes being carried out on the island

Puffin

Puffin

we were able to ring Shags, Razorbills and Guillemots

 

 

Shag

Shag

 

Razorbill

Razorbill

 

Guillemots

Guillemots

along with some pulli ringing which included, Oystercatchers, Herring & Lesser black-backed gulls.

Gull egg hatching

Gull egg hatching

 

Oystercatcher pulli

Oystercatcher pulli

 

Gull pulli

Gull pulli

 

Gull pulli

Gull pulli

We visited the 4 heligoland traps a couple of times a day throughout the week

Heligoland trap

IoM scenic

Heligoland trap

and deployed mist nets when we could, these turned up a few species between them including; Rock pipits, Nightingale, Starling, Chiffchaff, Robin, Willow warbler, Pied wagtail, Dunnock, Songthrush, Blackcap, Lesser whitethroat, Garden warbler and Wren.

A fantastic week came to an end far to quickly and after a big clean up of the accommodation we packed and headed off to the boat, the trip back to the mainland was rather less wet and we were able to take in final views off the island as we departed, before we knew it we were back on the mainland and packing the car ready for the journey home.

I will return…

Photo gallery –

IoM scenic

IoM scenic

 

Guano cliff

Guano cliff

 

Fulmar

Fulmar

 

Lighthouse by Robert Stevenson

Lighthouse by Robert Stevenson

 

Razorbill

Razorbill

 

IoM scenic

IoM scenic

 

Puffin on the wing

Puffin on the wing

 

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Midnight on the ‘May’

 

IoM scenic

IoM scenic

 

Monday 22nd June

Back to one of our Kestrel boxes to ring a couple of pulli.

Kestrel pulli

Kestrel pulli

 

Friday 26th June

A very enjoyable chat by Mark Avery at the Surrey bird club.

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Its turning out to be a right old busy year so far work wise, I seem to be spending more and more time in front of a monitor doing work and not doing fun. As a consequence the blog as suffered with a lack of post.

So in between the last post and this a few things have happened in my world, most importantly as far as I’m concerned is my ‘C’ permit upgrade, after 3 years, countless early mornings and over 1500 birds processed I’m now qualified to ring on my own.

Sessions since last post:

Woolley Firs 08/03/14

  • Bluti (Blue tit) 2
  • Greti (Great tit) 2
  • Grefi (Greenfinch) 2
  • Blabi (Blackbird) 1
  • Meapi (Meadow pipit) 3
  • Robin 1
  • Golfi (Goldfinch) 5
  • Skyla (Skylark) 1
  • Redwi (Redwing) 1

GMP 23/03/14

  • Bluti (Blue tit) 2
  • Chiff (Chiffchaff) 2
  • Sonth (Song Thrush) 1
  • Blabi (Blackbird) 1
  • Lotti (Long-tailed Tit) 1
  • Robin 1
  • Blaca (Blackcap) 1

Woolley Firs 29/03/14

  • Bluti (Blue tit) 1
  • Yelha (Yellowhammer) 1 – a new bird for me.

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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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day.

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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…catch up with.

Firstly Tuesday 4th turned out to be quite the opposite numbers wise to the previous Tuesday, only 35 birds caught (26 new and 9 retraps) I only managed to ring 9 of them! The low numbers are to be expected with the migration south of many of our summer visitors, this proved to be the case on Saturday when the numbers were even lower, 16 (12 new and 4 retraps) and my contribution being 4. There is however good news, the winter migrants have started to arrive on our shores with us ringing our first Redpoll of the Autumn.

My list for the 4th

  1. Meapi (Meadow Pipit) x 1
  2. Chiff (Chiffchaff) x 5
  3. Bluti (Blue Tit) x 3

And for the 8th

  1. Blaca (Blackcap) x 1
  2. Chiff (Chiffchaff) x1
  3. Meapi (Meadow Pipit) x 1
  4. Goldfi (Goldfinch) x 1

Roll on next session!

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