Posts Tagged ‘great spotted woodpecker’

Having had to cancel my visit to last weeks season opener at Woolley Firs due to an alternator failure I was eager to make it this week, this was put into jeopardy on Friday morning after a massive hole appeared on the M25 following road works over-night. The road was still not open by bed time on Friday night but was due to re-open at 5am Saturday.

I confirmed the M25 had actually re-opened Saturday morning before setting off to Woolley Firs for the planned 07:00 meet. It was damp and misty throughout the morning but this didn’t seem to hamper the catch with a respectable 64 birds processed. The highlights of the day; a first year male Firecrest (a ringing tick for me) and a first year female Great spotted woodpecker.

Mistle thrush and Redwing were spotted but couldn’t be tempted down to the nets.


Firecrest (3M)



Firecrest Head

Firecrest (3M)


Great Spotted Woodpecker (3F)

Great spotted woodpecker (3F)

The now ‘traditional’ after session pint was quaffed before a remarkably traffic free trip home.



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Wraysbury Saturday 18th May

CES 2 saw a team of 7 arriving at 0545 hrs under overcast skies; a slight wind prevailed.

The usual gathering of equipment and quick march to base had us ready for set-up in no time. We split into 3 teams and headed off  to our designated rides. All nets were up by 0640 and our first bird of the day arrived shortly thereafter.

There was a constant flow of birds caught until about 092o hrs; approx 90% of the day’s total of 33 new, 39 retraps.

My contribution :-

Blaca (Blackcap) 1
Chiff (Chiffchaff) 1
Dunno (Dunnock) 2
Garwa (Garden Warbler) 2
Goldf (Goldfinch) 1
Lotti (Long-tailed Tit) 2
Robin 1
White (Whitethroat) 3
Wilwa (Willow Warbler) 1

Windsor Sunday 19th May

CES 2 saw a team of 7 arrive at the usual CES meet time of 0545 hrs.

Weather wise; scattered clouds early on becoming breezy and overcast as the morning drew on.

Quite a low bird count with 26 birds processed in total; 16 new & 10 retraps, bird of the day was a 6F Moorhen caught in one of the potter traps which I processed and was a ringing tick for me.

My contribution :-

Reebu (Reed Bunting) 1
Reewa (Reed Warbler) 2
Wren 2
Moorh (Moorhen) 1



Windsor Sunday 26th May

CES 3 saw a team of 6 arriving under cloudy skies at 0545 hrs.

A prompt set-up had all the nets in place by 0700 hrs. The cloud cleared around 0730 and we were bathed in sunlight for the rest of the session, the wind did pick-up and we experienced a few gusts.

A steady flow or birds throughout the morning, although not great amounts; a total of  11 new and 20 re-traps, just enough to keeps on the move. Highlight of the session was an adult Great Spotted Woodpecker. Overhead a pair of Hobbys were spotted expertly plucking food on the wing.

My contribution :-

Blabi (Blackbird) 1
Bluti (Blue tit) 1
Reewa (Reed Warbler) 6

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Bisham Wood Monday 27th May

A trip to the woods to check on the Tawny owl boxes; alas no owls were found in the boxes but we did find 3 with Stock Doves, 2 with eggs and one with a chick and an egg. A return will be planned to ring the Stock Dove.


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…which ended up being a single!

Saturdays CES 3 session was cancelled due to the weather, although it was a lovely warm sunny day the wind levels where above what is safe for mist netting and as the safety of the birds is paramount the decision was taken to cancel.

Sundays session was also looking touch and go with the wind the major factor again, however the forecast changed rapidly throughout Saturday and the predicted wind levels dropped, so a team of 7 assembled at 0500hrs Sunday morning.

We split into 3 teams and set about setting up. This season we’re replacing the old bamboo poles with metal ones so fingers crossed they’ll work out well, initial results are looking good.

The bird count was quite good with Reed Warbler taking top spot on the day which is good as they are one of our target species. My contribution consisted of 12 birds processed and plenty of extractions.

Bluti (Blue tit) 2
Cetwa (Cettis Warbler) 1
Dunno (Dunnock) 1
Reebu (Reed Bunting) 1
Reewa (Reed Warbler) 7

Next months visit should see us starting to catch this years young.

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…on the farm.

With a new pair of binoculars hanging from my neck I was eager to get into the field and give them a go. I’d just stepped into the first field and was delighted to spot a Kestrel sitting in a tree scanning for a meal, I watched for a while enjoying the better quality of my new glass before going  for the camera for a shot, unfortunately the light was poor and I wasn’t able to get a shot worth posting.

I was out for about 4 hours and apart from the usual suspects and the Kestrel I spotted Skylarks, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Little Owl (I spent a good hour watching a tree that’s had a Little Owl nest for the past 2 years and was pleased to spot this years possible incumbent) and watched briefly a courting pair of pheasant.

The only half decent shots I managed where of a Horse Chestnut budding.

Horse Chestnut

Horse Chestnut

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First post of the year!

 A few photographs taken in the garden over the holiday period, the bird feeders have attracted the normal assortment of birds with a few new species spotted for the first time including Lesser Redpoll and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

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…get to ring any birds on Saturday,  when we arrived on the Common at 0700hrs the wind was far too strong for mist nets so it was decided to go and recce another part of the Common for future sessions. We found some good locations but didn’t see many birds about!

I was home by 093o hrs so decided to go out over the farm for a walk and survey, although the sun was out and it was rather pleasant the wind also strong here and I think this contributed to a low bird count. I did see  a lone Fieldfare the first one I’ve seen on the farm this autumn.

  1. Woopi (Wood Pigeon) x c200
  2. Goldf (Goldfinch) x 12
  3. Lotti (Long Tailed Tit) x 10
  4. Rook x c250
  5. Magpi (Magpie) x 6
  6. Chaff (Chaffinch) x 2
  7. Grswo (Great Spotted Woodpecker) x 2
  8. Buzza (Buzzard) x 2
  9. Kestr (Kestrel) x 1
  10. Bluti (Blue Tit) x 3
  11. Greti (Great Tit) x 1
  12. Blabi (Blackbird) x 1
  13. Field (Fieldfare) x 1
  14. Pheas (Pheasant) x 4
  15. Skyla (Skylark) x c60
  16. Starl (Starling) c 7
  17. Nutha (Nuthatch) x 2
  18. Jay x 1
  19. Robin x 2



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… for a session.

12 of us turned out this weekend (probably the Dartford Warblers from last week!) 3 trainers, an ‘A’ ringer a ‘C’ ringer 6 trainee’s and an observer. Due to the high numbers it was decided to split into 2 groups, 1 group setting up at ‘Little Arm and Pools’ and the second group setting up at ‘Long Arm’.

The weather was overcast but mild with a low mist.

The bird count was quite low with only 47 birds processed (8 species) across both sites, no Darwa (Dartford Warbler) this week but we did catch a female Grswo (Great Spotted Woodpecker) and plenty of Reebu (Reed Buntings).

My list for the session:-

  1. Goldc (Goldcrest) x 2
  2. Lesre (Lesser Redpoll) x 4
  3. Reebu (Reed Bunting) x 3
  4. Wren x 1

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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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…went well, the usual early start (0545hrs) on site. The weather was mostly dry with just a small shower about 9ish to contend with the wind was up and down and became strong at the end of the session.

Birds I ringed today included two Song Thrush 1 adult and 1 juvenile and two Whitethroat, I’m definitely getting more confident and starting to get my wing length and weight measurements right! The session totals should start to grow now as more and more juveniles fledge.

Other birds ringed by the group include juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker, Robins and Blue tits (which are the cutest things going!) Adult birds included Blackbird, Blackcaps, Great tits, Long Tailed tits, Garden & Sedge Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat and Dunnocks over 60 birds of 13 species in total.

Roll on next weekend!

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…the Farm for 3 weeks, the crops are growing  slowly due to lack of rain but they are growing! It’s really nice to see all the trees in full leaf and green.

Plenty of young juvenile birds flying around at the moment including Blackbird, Blue tits and Song Thrush. Adults spotted included Great Spotted Woodpecker, Little Owl, Jay, Whitethroat and Skylarks.

Also spotted the Blue tit family that recently fledged box 1 in the garden, in the garden!

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