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A couple of visits to Chobham Common so far this month, Thursday 2nd & Sunday 5th.

The Thursday session saw 5 of us turn out for a 06:15 start, a cloudless morning started of with a slight chill in the air but the sun was soon bathing us in warmth. We initially set 2 singles along a tree line just off the open area of heather and a 3 net box for Meadow pipit adding a single panel net for Dartford warbler later on. All but the Dartford net caught and at the end of the session we’d processed an excellent 74 birds with 42 Meadow pipits making up the lions share.

 

Meadow pipit

Meadow pipit

 

 

Having had such a productive day on Thursday we decided to go again on Sunday, a similar day weather wise and a similar net set-up with one extra net for Dartford warbler which paid dividend with a juvenile male ringed. 50 birds processed with Meadow pipits leading the way with 18 followed closely by 15 Reed Buntings, 7 of which were caught in one net at the same time which is rare for us and this gave us the opportunity to do some ageing and and sexing reed bunting comparisons in the hand and take some good photographs of heads, wings and tails, the results of which can be found here  Ageing and sexing Reed Bunting

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Dartford warbler

Dartford warbler

Chobham Common

Chobham Common

So a very respectable 124 birds processed over the 2 sessions.

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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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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

Moorhen

Moorhen

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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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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Chobham Common Sunday 6th January

A team had been successful on the common on Saturday 5th trying to catch Dartford Warbler with a 6M ringed, whilst there flocks of finches had been seen including Redpoll and Goldfinch along with a flock of Reed Bunting so a planned trip to Woolley Firs on Sunday was cancelled in favour of a return to Chobham.

It was a foggy start to the morning with heavy moisture in the air. We split into 2 groups and set up our nets in 2 locations. After a few rounds without any birds it was decided to set one more net up in an area where 2 Stonechat had been spotted.

The fog continued throughout the morning and didn’t clear until midday, there were birds flying about most of the morning but not to the same levels as the previous day, the weather having a major effect on movement. It was turning out to be quite a disappointing morning after many net rounds without any birds. At 1130 it was decided to do a final round and then take-down, we’d checked one set of nets and still no birds, while the second set of nets was being checked I went over to check the Stonechat net and was happy to see 2 birds, a Wren and a Stonechat, at least this was going to make all the effort worth while. On my return to base my happy level was elevated even more, another 25 birds had flown into the second set of nets!

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Stonechat

My processed list for the day:

Goldc (Goldcrest)             1
Lesre (Lesser Redpoll)   3
Reebu (Reed Bunting)   2

 

Woolley Firs Saturday 12th January

The weather forecast wasn’t reporting ideal conditions for Saturday but we had bird box maintenance and GPS’ing to do if the weather did indeed turn out to be wet. As it happened very little in the way of rain turned up and we had no interruptions to our ringing.

Just 3 of us for this session saw us met at 0730. Just 2 30ft nets were put up near the feeders, we still had the weather reports in mind and didn’t want to over do the nets.

It was a slow to start numbers wise but the quality was not to bad, the first bird of the day was a Siskin followed by a Blackbird, Coal tit and Blue tit. A Mistle Thrush was spotted atop a tree so it was decided to try to lure it to the net by playing a tape lure, we had little success to begin with but about 10am our patience paid off and we managed to catch it. A double first for me with both an extraction and a ringing process.

We were reduced to just 2 at 1030 having caught just 2 more birds, Coal tit and Blue tit, we decided to call it a day at 1130 and headed off to the nets to take down, this however was put on hold with the discovery of 13 Long tailed tits in our second net.

So by the end of the session we had a total of 22 birds processed.

Mistle Thrush

Mistle Thrush

My processed list for the day:

Blabi (Blackbird)              1
Bluti (Blue tit)                 2
Coati (Coal tit)               1
Lotti (Long-tailed Tit)     12
Misth (Mistle Thrush)     1

We managed a little box maintenance, moving a tit box from high up in one tree to a more accessible position in another and GPSing a few others.

We retired to the pub for a well-earned meal and a pint.

Great start to the year!

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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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… 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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