Posts Tagged ‘cetti’s warbler’

…last session to be held at my favorite location until next year (hopefully). We went with a little trepidation due to the predicted rain but fortunately this didn’t materialise and it turned out to be quite a pleasant day if not a little chilly early on. A team of 7 ringers turned out for this session. We split up into 3 teams to set the nets up and set to it. The water was rather cold out in the reed beds and can be a tadge smelly too!

I’m getting more involved in the extractions now and my confidence is slowly growing, it’s certainly reassuring knowing that the trainers are on hand to help out when things get a little tricky.

So to my birds ringed:-

  1. Reewa (Reed Warbler) x1
  2. Bluti (Blue tit) x4
  3. Dunno (Dunnock) x1
  4. Cetwa (Cettis Warbler) x1
  5. Lotti (Long-tailed Tit) x1 species first
  6. Chiff (Chiffchaff) x5
  7. Watra (Water Rail) x1 species first

56 birds ring with 5 species firsts…what a suberb week!


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…weekend ringing! Two trips, the CES for Saturday was postponed until Monday because of bad weather (mostly to windy) so sundays trip to Windsor came first. A slightly earlier start this month to fully take advantage of the early sunrise (0530hr on site!) The bird counts are rising now as we get more and more fledglings, I was able to ring 9 birds:-

  1. Robin x 2 (species first for me)
  2. Blue tit
  3. Great tit x3 (species first for me)
  4. Blackcap (species first for me)
  5. Cettis Warbler (species first for me)
  6. Reed Bunting (species first for me)

On Monday we did the postponed CES, arriving on site at 0545hr, there was only 5 of  us (normally there’s at least 9) we set the nets up as usual and straight away the birds started to hit! I knew it was going to be a busy morning and sure enough it turned out that way with my ringing count hitting 17, this being the most I’ve done in a single session! Birds ringed:-

  1. Goldfinch x2 (species first for me)
  2. Bullfinch (species first for me)
  3. Blackcap x3
  4. Robin x2
  5. Greenfinch (species first for me)
  6. Great tit
  7. Whitethroat x5
  8. Garden Warbler x2 (specie firsts for me)
Looking forward to the next session!

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…Saturday and Sunday at the weekend, Saturday saw me doing the second CES (constant effort site) of the season and Sunday I went to a new for me location.

I was treated to a beautiful sunrise on Saturday on the journey to site it was clear blue sunny skies until about 10am at which point the predicted grey clouds rolled in (which actually makes the conditions better for catching birds, the mist nets are harder to see!) they hung around for a couple of hours then started to clear to reveal the sun again.

I was able to ring a few birds, I’m now getting to ring most of the Blackbirds and Thrushes that we catch, the highlight for me was to ring a Blackbird that was first ringed in 2004, 7 years is over twice the average age for a Blackbird.

For Sundays session the weather was mostly sunny with the odd cloud but the wind was gusty and had a sharp chill to it. The ringing took place in the reed beds of a large pond, we had to don chest waders to enable us to set the nets, quite a strange sensation walking out into water up to your hips fully clothed!

As for the birds we caught plenty of Reed Warblers a mix of re-traps and new birds, Sedge Warblers, an adult and a  juvenile Treecreeper, Blue tit, Cetti’s Warbler and a couple of Robins, birds I ringed included an adult and a juvenile Blackbird, a Song Thrush and a Great Spotted Woodpecker which was a first for me and added to my species list.

I only got one photograph which was of the Cetti’s Warbler, unfortunately it’s not the best shot I’ve ever taken but still worth posting until I get a better one!

Cetti’s Warbler

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