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It’s my favorite time of the year on the Common, the autumnal colours are stunning, especially at sun rise on a clear and crisp autumn morning.

We start to visit the Common more regularly in the autumn after all the CES’ have finished for the season, we do visit during the summer but that’s mostly in the evenings when we are trying to catch Nightjar.

Thursday 24th October.

A clear chilly morning; a rather large team of 13 ringers turning out. There was a little concern that there might not be enough birds caught to satisfy such a large team but our fears were laid to rest within a few minutes of set-up with Redpoll leading the way. It turned out to be very productive morning  with a total of 110 birds processed.

Species                        new    r/t    total
Meadow pipit                25      2       27
Wren                             1                 1
Dartford warbler            5                 5
Blue tit                          1                 1
Greenfinch                  14                14
Goldfinch                       1                 1
Common redpoll            4                 4
Lesser redpoll             48        1      49
Reed bunting               5         1       6
Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

 
Saturday 2nd November.

Clear skies early on but the wind picked up around 10am which caused an early set-down. This session proved to be a little less productive than the previous with only 16 birds in total processed, I did however get to ring my first Dartford Warbler, the last bird of the day to be caught, which was fantastic.

Species                     new    r/t    total            
Meadow pipit               2       1      3
Dartford warbler          1               1
Goldcrest                     1               1
Long-tailed tit              3       2      5
Coal tit                        1               1
Blue tit                        3              3
Lesser redpoll              1              1 
Reed bunting              1              1
 
 
Dartford Warbler

Dartford Warbler

Dartford Warbler

Dartford Warbler

Saturday 16th November.
 
Another crisp morning and another army of ringers, 14 in total. 
 
Species                     new     r/t   total            
Meadow pipit               1       1      2
Wren                          2               2
Robin                          2               2
Dartford warbler         2      1       3
Goldcrest                    1              1
Long-tailed tit            3       2      5
Coal tit                               1       1
Blue tit                     1                1
Lesser redpol          27      2     29
Common redpoll        2              2
Reed bunting            3              3
 
 
 
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…on Saturday.

Having been unable to attend last weeks session due to illness I was really pleased we managed to get a session in this weekend. It was a lovely sunny crisp chilly morning on the common and a hardy 7 ringers assembled in the car park at 0700hrs.

We gathered our equipment and set off on the mile or so trek to base as we approached base I was surprised to see in the distance smoke rising in 2 or 3 place but soon realised why, the entire area had undergone some serious tree management piles of logs were all around and the smoke was from the dying embers of the burn-off.

We set up a few nets and waited for the flocks of Redpolls and Redwings to drop in… unfortunately this didn’t happen and we only caught 7 birds all session!

I processed 2 birds and extracted 1.

  1. Lesre (Lesser Redpoll) x1 (also extracted)
  2. Bluti (Blue Tit) x1

We decided to call it a day around 1115hr, packed up and headed off back to the car park. Even though we only caught 7 birds it was still great to get out and ring a couple.

Roll on next session!

 

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