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Happy New Year, here’s to a nature filled 12 months!

The blog posts drifted off towards the end of last year mostly due to a lack of ringing activity, the relentless windy weather the main cause and frustration.

After a promising early catch of Lesser Redpoll in October/early November, 165 caught in just 3 sessions on Chobham Common before the aforementioned wind took hold and put paid to my ringing for the remainder of the year.

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Lesser Redpoll – Chobham Common

 

I was able to get out over the Christmas break to put up a Kestrel & Tawny owl box over on the farm (thanks to my mate Dave for holding the ladder!).

Kestrel Box

Kestrel Box

Kestrel Box

Kestrel Box

Tawny Box

Tawny Box

Tawny Box

Tawny Box

 

Some equipment maintenance was also carried out, re-soldering of speaker wires, net repairs etc. all ready for this year’s ringing activities (should the wind finally die down!)

 

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…Year!

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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…ringing!

A later start time for Saturday mornings session with a 0700hrs met, unfortunately I didn’t have my sat-nav with me and having only been to this location a couple of times previously, both times arriving in the dark, I missed a turning (probably due to the heavy fog I encountered) and ended up getting a little lost! I did manage to get on the right track quite quickly and arrived only 7 minutes late. The others had already set off on the 1km hike to the site.

We where 6 strong  with 2 trainers, 3 trainees  and a ‘helper’, you are classed as a helper for your first few sessions, this allows time to see if you are compatible with ringing and the ringing group are compatible with you!

We set-up, which is quite taxing as the ground in places is a boggy substrate, you can suddenly find yourself knee-high in acidic brown water!

Our catching expectations where low because this time of year the bird numbers can be quite low as it turned out though it was quite the opposite with well over 100 birds processed. I personally had a great session registering 3 new species and processing  a total of 30 birds in all.

  1. Chiff (Chiffchaff) x 1
  2. Bluti (Blue tit) x 2
  3. Goldc (Goldcrest) x 7
  4. Coati (Coal tit) x 1 species first
  5. Lotti (Long-tailed Tit) x 2
  6. Lesre (Lesser Redpoll) x15
  7. Wren x 1 species first
  8. Siski (Siskin) x 1 species first

The 3 species first this week now takes my total species list to 40, I’m sure the next 40 will take a tadge longer!

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