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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



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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…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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Firstly, CES 2 went ahead, an overcast day saw a team of 9 assemble at the usual meeting place at 0545hrs.

I was not fully fit for this session and was unable to help out with setting up, so while the rest of the team got stuck in I was left minding the camp, not being the ‘sitting around watching others work’ type this proved to be very frustrating and quite tedious. There was a positive side however, I was able to ring more birds!

It proved to be a good day on the bird front with an above average long-term mean 94 processed, 45 new and 49 re-traps (last years same day total was 53).

I processed a total of 22

Blabi (Blackbird) 1
Blaca (Blackcap) 2
Chiff (Chiffchaff) 3
Dunno (Dunnock) 1
Garwa (Garden Warbler) 2
Leswh (Lesser Whitethroat) 1
Robin 1
Sedwa (Sedge Warbler) 2
White (Whitethroat) 6
Wilwa (Willow Warbler) 3

So to the second part of the day.

After a lovely pub lunch we headed off to Woolley Firs Farm (via my trainers house) to check on the bird boxes with the hope of ringing some pulli (chicks before they leave the nest). we surveyed all the boxes and ended up ringing just a few that were ready, back mid-week to do more.

I eventually arrived home at 1915hrs…completely knackered, having had a great day.

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…on the ringing front.

Initially Saturday was to be the first CES session of the year and Sunday was to see me over at Woolley Firs carrying out a bird box survey with my trainer, as it happens there was a switch in activities and day due to the bad wind and rain on Saturday causing a postponement of the CES until Sunday so we did the bird box survey on Saturday.

Sunday certainly was better than Saturday weather wise but was still rather cold and overcast for the entire session. 9 souls turned out for the rearranged session consisting of 3 trainers and 6 trainee’s. It turned out to be a good day bird wise with an above mean average of 56 new birds and 20 plus re-traps compared with 18/21 from the corresponding session last year, encouraging start for the new net ride configuration.

I was able to process 15 birds along with 15 extractions.

  1. Bluti (Blue Tit) x 2
  2. Blaca (Blackcap) x 1
  3. Chiff (Chiffchaff) x 4
  4. Dunno (Dunnock) x1
  5. Lotti (Long-tailed Tit) x1
  6. Robin x 1
  7. Sedwa (S edge Warbler) x1
  8. White (Whitethroat) x 4

It was great to get back into the groove!

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at Wraysbury on Saturday.

0620 was the meet time this week and 7 of us arrived on site with grey cloud over head. The team this week consisted of 2 trainers and 5 trainees.

Another chance to evaluate our new ride positions before we decide on this years final CES layout, we have a couple of weeks before the CES starts so we will continue to monitor the numbers.

Most of my effort this week was focused on extractions and I only managed to process 4 birds-

  1. Lotti (Long tailed tit) x 2
  2. Blabi (Blackbird) x 1
  3. Wilwa (Willow warbler) x 1

It stayed dull all morning and tried to rain late on without much success, a slight drizzle for 5 minutes!  We set down about 1330 and left site soon after. A swift pint and a bowl of chips at the local pub before heading for home.



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…ringed on Saturday!

9 ringers turned up for this session which was delayed by the weather for 30 minutes. We finally set the nets up around 0700, we put them up in a different location close to the normal CES site as we already had a CES compliant catch from last week. We started catching bird 30 minutes later. There was some concern early on as there didn’t seem to be many birds flying about but our concerns where soon allayed, from 0830 the birds where filling the nets at a rate of 20-30 per visit , I was ringing birds none stop for 3 hours and did a session best of 28!

  1. White (Whitethroat) x7
  2. Bluti (Blue tit) x1
  3. Blaca (Blackcap) x6
  4. Chiff (Chiffchaff) x5
  5. Sonth (Song Thrush) x1
  6. Garwa (Garden Warbler) x5
  7. Sedwa (Sedge Warbler) x1
  8. Robin x1
  9. Leswh (Lesser Whitethroat) x1

No new species for me this week.

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…’busiest’ session turned out to be the opposite this week, we did have less nets set-up as there was only 7 of us, 3 trainers and 4 trainees but the bird numbers where still very disappointing.

I felt somewhat tired when I arrive on site this morning, I think it was because for the first time in a couple of months it was dark when I got up.

The weather was very pleasant and we encounter no issues setting up.

So the birds, well I had a double first today! I was able to ring a juvenile male Sparrowhawk which was not only the first Sparrowhawk I’ve done, it was the first raptor that I’ve done, so a wide smile of satisfaction has been plastered across my face most of the day! other birds I ringed today

  1. White (Whitethroat) x2
  2. Bluti (Blue tit) x1
  3. Blaca (Blackcap) x3
  4. Chiff (Chiffchaff) x4
  5. Dunno (Dunnock) x1
  6. Garwa (Garden Warbler) x2
  7. Sedwa (Sedge Warbler) x1
  8. Bullf (Bullfinch) x1

My totals now stand at 138 birds ringed, 27 species.

Photographs of the Sparrowhawk to be added at a later date.

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…up doing one of the two planned sessions this weekend, I was able to do CES 8 on Saturday but due to circumstances beyond my control I was unable to go to my favorite site (so far) on Sunday, which is a real shame as this session only happens once a month.

So back to Saturday, there was a light rain at home when I set off at 05:05 which was not predicted according to the weather forecast from the previous night but this stopped about 10 minutes into my journey, however there was still a lot of dark cloud in the sky and by the time I arrived on site at 05:25 it had started to rain again. The rest of the team arrived and we ended up waiting for 30 minutes for the rain to stop. Despite the initial delay we actually only started the CES 20 minutes late.

I had a session best total this week ringing 26 birds including 3 new species and my first AA rings. The new species where Wilwa (Willow Warbler) x2, a Chiff (Chiffchaff) and a Leswh (Lesser Whiethroat) the others included

  1. White (Whitethroat) x10
  2. Dunno (Dunnock) x2
  3. Blabi (Blackbird) x1
  4. Garwa (Garden Warbler) x3
  5. Blaca (Blackcap) x3
  6. Robin x2
  7. Greti (Great tit) x1

We made up the 20 minutes at the end of the session finishing at 12:20, we set down and headed off to the car park and home. 

The attached photograph is a Sedwa (Sedge Warbler) another of the birds ringed by us today.

Sedge Warbler

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… to an absolutely gorgeous sunrise on the way to Saturdays ringing location, just a shame I was in the rangie doing 70ish on the M25! The weather stayed mostly dry and sunny but did start to cloud over about 1130. As for the birds it was quite slow to start with and right up until we started to set down at which point it started to rain and there was a mad dash by the birds and we ended up with around 25 birds netted.

I was able to ring 9 birds:-

  1. White (Whitethroat) x2
  2. Blaca (Blackcap) x2
  3. Robin x1
  4. Blabi (Blackbird) x1
  5. Greti (Great tit) x2
  6. Sedwa (Sedge Warbler) x1  species first for me

The Segwi was only a few days out of the nest and was just the cutest thing!

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