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Wraysbury Saturday 4th May.

A large team congregated in the car park at 0545 hrs for the first CES session of the season, a quick gathering of equipment and a 10 minute march to site had us erecting nets and ready to go by 0645.

A mixed bag weather wise; overcast, windy and cool.

The first bird was processed at 0650 hrs and a steady flow continued thereafter until 1100 hrs when it was decided we should stop due to the increasing wind and gathering rain clouds, a quick look at a weather app indicated rain was close by. A hurried take down followed and a sharpish walk back to the car park meant we managed to avoid a soaking,  just managing to pack the cars before the heavens opened.

A total of 51 birds processed, 26 new and 25 re-traps, my processes :-

Chiff (Chiffchaff) 4
Sedwa (Sedge Warbler) 2
White (Whitethroat) 2

Windsor Sunday 5th May.

Another good turnout for CES 1 the first at Windsor since 2008.

A dry morning; cloudy with sunny spells, a steady breeze throughout which picked up for an hour mid-morning.

A few minor issues with guy rope length whilst setting up but on the whole everything went to plan, we set up the potter traps in new locations within the reed beds; on small platforms which enables us to leave them in situ between sessions.

21 birds were caught in total with 14 new and 7 re-traps, my processes :-

Reebu (Reed Bunting) 1
Reewa (Reed Warbler) 1

Baited Potter trap

Baited Potter trap

Comparing Sedge warbler

Comparing Sedge warbler

Mist net

Mist net

Woolley Firs  Monday 6th May.

A glorious sunny day saw Carl, Louise and myself at Woolley Firs checking the bird boxes for nesting attempts.

Woolley Firs

A2 @Woolley Firs!

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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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…yesterday on what could be the last CES of the year, we have the option to do another session next Saturday as CES 12 falls over to weekends. This may well be the case because yesterdays numbers where well down on the yearly averages.

A nice cloudless sunrise and early morning with some cloud starting to arrive around 10:30 we had a couple of showers from 11:00 but nothing to stop us ringing.

7 ringers turned out with 2 trainers and 5 trainee’s. My ringed list for the day:-

  1. White (Whitethroat) x3
  2. Blaca (Blackcap) x4
  3. Chiff (Chiffchaff) x2
  4. Garwa (Garden Warbler) x1
  5. Bullf (Bullfinch) x1

The winter migration is now on and picking up speed as the birds that winter in Africa are on the move, the birds are showing fat on their bodies now which they need to sustain their long  journeys south. Hopefully we can re-trap the juveniles hatched and ringed this year when they return next year, well that’s the plan! 



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…ringed on Saturday!

9 ringers turned up for this session which was delayed by the weather for 30 minutes. We finally set the nets up around 0700, we put them up in a different location close to the normal CES site as we already had a CES compliant catch from last week. We started catching bird 30 minutes later. There was some concern early on as there didn’t seem to be many birds flying about but our concerns where soon allayed, from 0830 the birds where filling the nets at a rate of 20-30 per visit , I was ringing birds none stop for 3 hours and did a session best of 28!

  1. White (Whitethroat) x7
  2. Bluti (Blue tit) x1
  3. Blaca (Blackcap) x6
  4. Chiff (Chiffchaff) x5
  5. Sonth (Song Thrush) x1
  6. Garwa (Garden Warbler) x5
  7. Sedwa (Sedge Warbler) x1
  8. Robin x1
  9. Leswh (Lesser Whitethroat) x1

No new species for me this week.

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…’busiest’ session turned out to be the opposite this week, we did have less nets set-up as there was only 7 of us, 3 trainers and 4 trainees but the bird numbers where still very disappointing.

I felt somewhat tired when I arrive on site this morning, I think it was because for the first time in a couple of months it was dark when I got up.

The weather was very pleasant and we encounter no issues setting up.

So the birds, well I had a double first today! I was able to ring a juvenile male Sparrowhawk which was not only the first Sparrowhawk I’ve done, it was the first raptor that I’ve done, so a wide smile of satisfaction has been plastered across my face most of the day! other birds I ringed today

  1. White (Whitethroat) x2
  2. Bluti (Blue tit) x1
  3. Blaca (Blackcap) x3
  4. Chiff (Chiffchaff) x4
  5. Dunno (Dunnock) x1
  6. Garwa (Garden Warbler) x2
  7. Sedwa (Sedge Warbler) x1
  8. Bullf (Bullfinch) x1

My totals now stand at 138 birds ringed, 27 species.

Photographs of the Sparrowhawk to be added at a later date.

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…day! CES 9 took place today, the usual meet in the car park saw 9 ringers assemble for what turned out to be the best CES day of the year so far.

Lovely sunny start to the day with cloudless skies until 1100hrs, and then only a few clouds gathered, very warm and very pleasant indeed.

Bird wise for me, 23 birds ringed, 2 species firsts and 2 extractions.

The firsts for me were a Linne (Linnet) and a Reewa (Reed Warbler) and the rest:-

  1. White (Whitethroat) x8
  2. Bluti (Blue tit) x1
  3. Wilwa (Willow Warbler) x4
  4. Garwa (Garden Warbler) x2
  5. Blaca (Blackcap) x4
  6. Robin x1
  7. Grswo (Great Spotted Woodpecker) x1

 I did managed to get this shot of the Linnet I ringed.


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…up doing one of the two planned sessions this weekend, I was able to do CES 8 on Saturday but due to circumstances beyond my control I was unable to go to my favorite site (so far) on Sunday, which is a real shame as this session only happens once a month.

So back to Saturday, there was a light rain at home when I set off at 05:05 which was not predicted according to the weather forecast from the previous night but this stopped about 10 minutes into my journey, however there was still a lot of dark cloud in the sky and by the time I arrived on site at 05:25 it had started to rain again. The rest of the team arrived and we ended up waiting for 30 minutes for the rain to stop. Despite the initial delay we actually only started the CES 20 minutes late.

I had a session best total this week ringing 26 birds including 3 new species and my first AA rings. The new species where Wilwa (Willow Warbler) x2, a Chiff (Chiffchaff) and a Leswh (Lesser Whiethroat) the others included

  1. White (Whitethroat) x10
  2. Dunno (Dunnock) x2
  3. Blabi (Blackbird) x1
  4. Garwa (Garden Warbler) x3
  5. Blaca (Blackcap) x3
  6. Robin x2
  7. Greti (Great tit) x1

We made up the 20 minutes at the end of the session finishing at 12:20, we set down and headed off to the car park and home. 

The attached photograph is a Sedwa (Sedge Warbler) another of the birds ringed by us today.

Sedge Warbler

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…ringing, the usual 05:10hrs departure from home to be on site for 05:45hrs. 9 bodies arrived in varying stages of consciousness, 3 ‘A’ ringers, 4 trainee’s (although 1 trainee is close to becoming a ‘C’ ringer and 1 has been a  ‘C’ ringer but has let his permit expire) and 2 helpers (1 a first timer, just like I was 4 months ago!)

The weather was gorgeous from the off (although overcast conditions are preferable when catching birds in mist nets) with a lovely sunrise, there was little wind which makes a change to the windy conditions we’ve encountered during the previous few visits.

We set-up without any problems and started to catch birds from around 06:50hrs, having missed last weeks session I was eager to get my hands on a bird as soon as possible, I didn’t have to wait long!

My contribution of 14 birds today consisted of:-

  1. White (Whitethroat) x8
  2. Blaca (Blackcap) x3
  3. Garwa (Garden Warbler) x1
  4. Robin x1
  5. Sonth (Song Thrush) x1

 We started to set-down about 12:30hrs and left site at 13:30hrs, so all in all a great day’s ringing…

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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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