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Its turning out to be a right old busy year so far work wise, I seem to be spending more and more time in front of a monitor doing work and not doing fun. As a consequence the blog as suffered with a lack of post.

So in between the last post and this a few things have happened in my world, most importantly as far as I’m concerned is my ‘C’ permit upgrade, after 3 years, countless early mornings and over 1500 birds processed I’m now qualified to ring on my own.

Sessions since last post:

Woolley Firs 08/03/14

  • Bluti (Blue tit) 2
  • Greti (Great tit) 2
  • Grefi (Greenfinch) 2
  • Blabi (Blackbird) 1
  • Meapi (Meadow pipit) 3
  • Robin 1
  • Golfi (Goldfinch) 5
  • Skyla (Skylark) 1
  • Redwi (Redwing) 1

GMP 23/03/14

  • Bluti (Blue tit) 2
  • Chiff (Chiffchaff) 2
  • Sonth (Song Thrush) 1
  • Blabi (Blackbird) 1
  • Lotti (Long-tailed Tit) 1
  • Robin 1
  • Blaca (Blackcap) 1

Woolley Firs 29/03/14

  • Bluti (Blue tit) 1
  • Yelha (Yellowhammer) 1 – a new bird for me.




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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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…over at Wraysbury on Saturday morning.

A 7 strong team turned out at 0630. The fog hung around until 1000 this initially kept the birds quiet and the numbers were low, eventually the fog lifted and the bird numbers started to increase. We stayed out until 1330.

The final total for the day was  a healthy 75, my processed list:-

Blabi (Blackbird) 1
Chiff (Chiffchaff) 3
Dunno (Dunnock) 1
Goldc (Goldcrest) 3
Grefi (Greenfinch) 2
Greti (Great tit) 1
Lesre (Lesser Redpoll) 1
Lotti (Long-tailed Tit) 4
Meapi (Meadow pipit) 5

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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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…500th bird processed on Saturday and then 2 new species ringed on Sunday.

Saturdays session was over at Wraysbury, the mercury was reading -8°c when I got in the car to leave however by the time I arrived on site it had warmed to -4°c!

Nine of us turned out for the session (which was not bad considering how cold it was) 2 trainers, 2 ‘A’ ringers and the rest being trainee’s.

We split into 3 teams and set about putting the nets up. Once We’d set up we didn’t have to wait too long before the birds started to catch, we started off with a few Robins and Blackbird and on the second or third net round a Fieldfare which was not to much of a surprise as we had noted after the first few net rounds that there was a flock of Fieldfare gathering just along the track from our processing position. The flock started to build in number with more and more birds ‘dropping in’ from above, we where hoping a few more of them would find our nets and by the end of the session a few more had indeed found our nets, a group session record of 24!


  1. Robin x4
  2. Blabi (Blackbird) x 3
  3. Field (Fieldfare) x 2

Sunday I was up early again (madness you’re thinking!) I had been invited over to Woolley Firs by Gavin, a fellow ringer and all round nice guy, this location is Gavins ‘patch’ run by the Wildlife Trust and consists of farmland,woodland and an apple orchard.

When I arrived (0745) Gavin was already hard at work setting up so I quickly parked up and joined in. Initially we set up in 2 locations, firstly a 60ft along one of the hedgerows in a field placing apple underneath as we were targeting Redwing/Fieldfare and secondly, in the same field but along an adjacent hedgerow a 60ft/20ft dog-leg with some seeders to attract smaller passerines, tits, finches etc. This set of nets proved to be the most productive and we caught a fare few, the other set however didn’t catch anything the Fieldfare proved to smart managing to avoid the nets but still manage to eat the apples! We decided to relocate this net to a different field and try and catch some House Sparrows that we had seen. We ended up with just one Sparrow but I was more than happy as I got to ring it and it was a species first! Gavin decided to set one more 60ft up in the wooded area to try and catch Redwing, again we caught one and another species first for me.


  1. Blabi (Blackbird) x 1
  2. Bluti (Blue tit) x 10
  3. Grefi (Greenfinch) x 3
  4. Housp (House Sparrow)  x1 species first
  5. Redwi (Redwing) x 1 species first
  6. Robin x 1

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…took place at Wraysbury.

Meeting at 0730 in -4°c temperatures is not every 0nes ideal start to Saturday morning but when the chance of catching Fieldfare and Redwings is a possibility it certainly appeals to ringers. The team today was 7 strong with 2 trainers and 5 trainees.

The best catch of the year so far gave us a grand total of 21 birds with a good variety including Fieldfare, Redwing, Greenfinch along with some of the usual suspects Blue tit, Great tit & Robins. The weather was cold throughout the morning with clear sunny skies, the wind was forecast to pick up around 0900 but stayed off until midday when the temperature did dip.

I was able to process 7 birds in total and also add a few more extractions to the list too. Included in my 7 was a species first (noted below).

  1. Robin x 2
  2. Field (Fieldfare) x 1 species first
  3. Grefi (Greenfinch ) x 1
  4. Greti (Great tit)  x 1
  5. Bluti (Blue tit) x 1
  6. Goldf (Goldfinch) x 1

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