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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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Saturday 13th April
A trip to Wraysbury to prepare the rides for the forthcoming CES season and put up a few nets to see what was about. Not a great number of birds caught but I did manage to process my first summer migrants of the year, 2 chiffchaff.
Saturday 20th April
Second visit to Tadworth Meadows south field on LBF with Skylark in mind again. Carl pulled into my drive under clear chilly skies at the agreed met time of 0400 hrs. A quick unpack of kit from the boot and a short 5 minute walk saw us in the middle of the field ready to set up. We decided on 3 lines of 2 nets and set up. We were ready and waiting by 0500 hrs, We didn’t see any birds on the wing until about 0600 hrs, it seems as though the birds had decided on a lie-in! At 0700 hrs and after plenty of marching around the field we finally caught 3 birds, unfortunately as we approached the net to extract 1 of the birds flew off. The 2 remaining birds turned out to be our total for the session.
Skylark on the farm

Skylark on the farm

We packed up at 0900 and headed back to my house.
Sunday 21st April
Windsor. A rather cold start with the need to de-ice the car before leaving home. A large team of 8 assembled at 0545 hrs ready for the final preparations for the CES which starts in May, this included hammering in the Willow stakes that we had chopped down forming the rides at BCA in the Willow plantation a couple of weeks ago, the replacing of the old guy ropes and some final reed flattening. We set nets up in the reed beds as we went, nets were also deployed in the wood area too.
There was very little wind early on and the early chill was lifted as the sun started to rise, by 0900 hrs it was fairly warm and very pleasant.
There was plenty of bird activity in the reeds and we could hear plenty of singing migrant Warblers including Sedge, Reed and Cettis. The first bird processed was a Wren caught in the wood. The first bird of the season extracted from the reed nets, which I did, was a ringed Reed Warbler, turns out we were old acquaintances having met last summer when I had attached the ring! To think this little 11g bird had flown to Africa from Windsor at the end of last summer and was now back in the same reed beds this spring ready to mate and raise its own offspring, truly amazing! A further 7 birds were processed throughout the rest of the morning including another amazing bird, a 7-year-old Reed Warbler first ringed in 2007 and subsequently re-captured every year since bar one, a fair few miles on the clock!
We set down around 1300 hrs having had a very productive morning. We left site and retired to the pub for a well-earned pint.
In bed at 6am!

In bed at 6am!

Prepped reed beds

Prepped reed beds

Taking down the mist nets

Taking down the mist nets

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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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…session in six days on Tuesday morning, we have to take our opportunities when we can now that autumn is upon us and the weather as become unsettled or should I say more unsettled!

A team of 5 turned out for this session plus 2 newcomers along for a first look. I was somewhat spoilt with 3 of the team being trainers with about 300 years experience between them! The weather was quite breezy with a slight chill at times and there was a threat of rain in the air for large parts of the morning however it did stay away.

The weather probably did play apart in the catch count and we only managed about 60 or so birds the highlight being another juvenile male Sparrowhawk, the fourth one in as many weeks. The most common this session was the lovely little Chiffchaff  we did spot a large flock of Goldfinch but unfortunately they avoided our nets which was a shame.

13 birds ringed myself with another half-dozen or so extractions.

  1. Chiff (Chiffchaff) x 8
  2. Bluti (Blue tit) x 2
  3. Reewa (Reed Warbler) x 1
  4. Robin x 1
  5. Swall (Swallow) x 1

The photographs below are the above mentioned Sparrowhawk and a Little Owl from last Thursdays session.

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…last session to be held at my favorite location until next year (hopefully). We went with a little trepidation due to the predicted rain but fortunately this didn’t materialise and it turned out to be quite a pleasant day if not a little chilly early on. A team of 7 ringers turned out for this session. We split up into 3 teams to set the nets up and set to it. The water was rather cold out in the reed beds and can be a tadge smelly too!

I’m getting more involved in the extractions now and my confidence is slowly growing, it’s certainly reassuring knowing that the trainers are on hand to help out when things get a little tricky.

So to my birds ringed:-

  1. Reewa (Reed Warbler) x1
  2. Bluti (Blue tit) x4
  3. Dunno (Dunnock) x1
  4. Cetwa (Cettis Warbler) x1
  5. Lotti (Long-tailed Tit) x1 species first
  6. Chiff (Chiffchaff) x5
  7. Watra (Water Rail) x1 species first

56 birds ring with 5 species firsts…what a suberb week!


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…Thursdays session at Stanwell Moor. Only my second visit to this site yielded my highest and most varied count for any session anywhere 42 birds processed, 39 new and 3 -re-traps.

  1. Sonth (Song Thrush) x1
  2. Blaca (Blackcap) x3
  3. Reewa (Reed Warbler) x2
  4. Robin x3
  5. Reebu (Reed Bunting) x1
  6. Kingf (Kingfisher) x1 – species first for me, processed only
  7. Meapi (Meadow Pipit) x16 – species first for me
  8. Woodp (Woodpigeon) x1 – species first for me
  9. Linne (Linnet) x2
  10. Greti (Great tit) x1
  11. Dunno (Dunnock) x5
  12. Bluti (Blue tit) x6


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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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