Posts Tagged ‘chaffinch’

My first 3 solo  sessions of garden ringing took place on the 10th, 13th & 21st with a total of 20 bird processed, the usual suspects as far as species; Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Robin and Goldcrest.

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Mist net – first session in the garden

I have to say, although I’ve been ringing  now for 0ver 3 years I did find these initial sessions on my own quite taxing, not having my trainer within earshot of a ‘help’ for the first time was quite a different feeling. I understand fully now why the initial first sessions need to be in your garden!

Initially at the beginning of April I had 3 boxes with activity; a Great tit sitting in one of the chambers of my Sparrow box, a Wren building a nest in one of the roosting boxes I have up and a Blue tit building a nest in a Blue tit box, by the end of April things had changed somewhat with the Blue tit and Wren both abandoning their nesting attempts, a neighbours cat probably the reason for this as I’d caught it stalking both boxes. The Great tit box the only one showing any signs of life with 7 chicks present,  I estimated them to be 5-6 days old and planned to ring them within the following few days.

Great tit

Female Great tit (ringed) entering box

This is mum entering the nest box, note the ring on the right leg, It’s great to have two generation of the same family already ringed, will be interesting to see if I can catch them again over time.

I also carried out my first visit to check on my other bird boxes in the wood down on the farm, I have 5 boxes in place at the moment and all boxes showed signs of occupation with a feather lined cup visible in 4 and the other, a cup without feathers. Further visits planned for early May.

LS 01 - Lined and ready for laying

LS 01 – Lined and ready for laying

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Sunday 16th February

A small team of four met at 0700 hrs at Woolley Firs. We set a 20′, 30′ and 2 x 40′ nets up next to the 3 sets of feeders which have been kept topped up this winter by the WF staff, although there’s been more than ample amounts of natural food available this winter which means less of a need to visit the feeders.

31 birds processed of 8 species, this was my first session out since my ‘C’ permit upgrade conformation and I personally processed 11 birds.

Chaffinch x 2, Goldfinch x 2, Wren x 1, Great tit x 3, Blue tit x 3

We also took the opportunity to GPS all the boxes again with my new Garmin Etrex 20; this was the first time out using the unit on a large number of boxes and it worked really well, quick , accurate and easy to input data.


Sunday 2nd March

Another session at Woolley Firs this morning with Carl and Paul, meeting at 0645 hrs. We set a 20′, 30′ and a single 40′ at the feeders with 2 additional 40’s just off the track leading to the fields, Carl had spotted Pied wagtail in the area yesterday. I was tasked with looking after these nets as the track is popular with dog walkers. I did see a few Pied Wags but I didn’t see any in the nets! A 50 strong flock of Redwing were seen atop the trees near to the nets but again nothing came down.

The weather was fair with broken cloud cover for most of the morning turning slightly cloudier later, light winds to start with picking up towards lunchtime.

24 birds processed in total. My contribution:-

Blue tit  x 4,  Dunnock x 1

After we’d set down and packed away had one other task to carry out, apparently Kestrel boxes have a better chance of occupation if they have a few inches of soil in them, so we’ve increased our chances now!

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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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…for me on Saturday with a visit to Silwood Park, a rural campus of Imperial College London, there are a number of the divisions of Faculty of Natural Sciences that have a presence on the campus.

I’m not exactly sure how many turned out for this session but there where plenty of hands! The weather was rather misty and didn’t clear until later on.  We set up nets in 4 locations across the 250 acre site having split up into 4 groups.

 I left early, around 11:45 and travelled up to see my parents so didn’t get to see the final numbers.

I processed 7 birds:-

  1. Bluti (Blue Tit) x 2
  2. Goldc (Goldcrest) x 3
  3. Goldf (Goldfinch) x 1
  4. Chaff (Chaffinch) x 1

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…started a little later this week, a 0615 met in the car park giving everybody an extra 15 minutes in bed!

The team consisted of 5 ‘A’ ringers, 3 of which being trainers, 2 trainee’s and 2 soon to be trainee’s. It was rather misty when we arrived and stayed that way until the sun finally burnt it off, this did have an effect on the birds initially so we had a slow start once we had set up but once the mist went the birds came out in numbers. There was a steady catch throughout the session and by the end we had ringed 0ver 100 birds, the highlight of the morning was a Nightingale http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/n/nightingale/index.aspx

The session produced 3 new species for me, a Goldcrest, Chaffinch and Treecreeper, my full list:

  1. Chiff (Chiffchaff) x 7
  2. Bluti (Blue Tit) x 2
  3. Blaca (Blackcap) x 6
  4. Jay x 1
  5. Goldc (Goldcrest) x 1 species first
  6. Dunno (Dunnock) x 1
  7. Chaff (Chaffinch) x1 species first
  8. Meapi (Meadow Pipit) x 2
  9. Greti (Great Tit) x 2
  10. Treec (Treecreeper) x1 species first
  11. Robin x 2
  12. Goldf (Goldfinch) x 2




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