Posts Tagged ‘siskin’

at Silwood Park.

The earliest start of the year so far saw us arriving on site at 0630hr (it only gets earlier from now on!) 10 ringers turned out for the session including 2 trainers, a C and 7 trainees. The weather was quite pleasant with a few sunny periods throughout the morning.

The catch was quite low due to all the feeders on site being empty so this had a big impact on the session.

I was able to process 4 birds,

  1. Bluti (Blue tit) x 3
  2. Siski (Siskin) x 1 species first

Siskin 5f

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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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…weather wise, especially Saturday which was a blue sky all day! I decided Friday evening having seen the weather forecast to have an early start Saturday morning and head of to Frensham Little Pond to do some bird photography, the ‘early start’ didn’t happen (stayed up late watching Red nose prog!) so left at 9am instead of the planned 6:30am.

Arrived on site at 10am and was immediatly struck by how much more beautiful the Little Pond is compared with the Great Pond and the Great Pond is really nice, I took a couple of Landscapes

As for the birds, on the water I spotted the expected Mallards, Swans and Coots along with 3 Great Crested Grebes of which 2 where engaging in their amazing courtship, a Cormorant sitting patiently on a post (I assume looking for a meal) and a few Black Headed gulls.

Cormorant - Frensham Little Pond 19-03-11

 In the surrounding area of woods and heathland I spotted Blue, Great, Long Tailed and Coal tits a couple of Buzzards circling over head and a first for me since rediscovering my birding hobby a male & female Siskin (the Siskin is a part of the finch family) so all in all a great day spotting! I will definately being going back.

Siskin - Frensham Little Pond 19-03-11

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