Posts Tagged ‘NUTHATCH’

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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…over at Woolley Firs today.

A beautiful sunny day today with blue skies all morning although frosty first thing. The feeders had been topped up all week  by the staff on site and this seemed to have a positive effect on the number of birds in the area with a total of 78 birds caught and processed, a steady flow of birds throughout the session.

There was also the great spectacle of a family of 3 Red Kites flying over-head with some fantastic aerial maneuvers and a bombardment on our ringing position hitting our scribe and paperwork!

I had a personal best session with 56 bird processed including a new species, a female Nuthatch and 32 Blue tits!


Bluti (Blue tit) 32
Coati (Coal tit) 4
Dunno (Dunnock) 1
Goldc (Goldcrest) 5
Greti (Great tit) 12
Robin 1
Nutha (Nuthatch) 1

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