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The long planned ringing demonstration at BBOWT Woolley Firs took place on Saturday 13th February, however the weather let us down again and we were not able to open any nets due to the persistent rain.

We’d planned to net the fields beforehand, 0600, hoping for some winter thrushes, the weather on arrival was dry with a borderline wind speed, but we were able to use the hedgerow to protect the nets and any birds we caught. We only managed to catch 8 birds in total, 6 Redwing and 2 Song thrush before the rain started.

Although still raining we decide to set up a 30′ net next to the feeders, the net was furled (rolled up and unable to catch any birds) but ready and in place should the rain stop. Alas the rain didn’t stop. At 0900 Carl slipped off to do a pre-planned radio interview for BBC Radio Berkshire. By 0930 the activity centre was buzzing with people, unable to show any birds being ringed Carl decided to go and explain what ringing was all about. It was obvious the rain was set for the day so at 1030 we packed up and headed home.

On Sunday I was over on LBF farm, in the wood repairing three tit boxes which had been damaged by the squirrels last summer, all three had the entrance hole enlarged. All are now set for this year’s breeding season, 11 tit boxes, a Treecreeper wedge, Kestrel box and a Tawny owl box.

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14th – Demonstration at Woolley Firs

We were over at Woolley Firs on Saturday 14th giving a ringing demonstration for the Wildlife trust. We set the nets and our ringing station up in the usual positions and created a semi-circle of various bird boxes for the public to stand behind, this gave us space to carry out our normal ringing procedures without the birds or ourselves getting overwhelmed.

We managed a respectable 55 birds processed, mostly Great tits 22 new/12 retraps and Blue tits 5 new/9 retraps , Dunnocks 3 new, Coal tit 1 new/1 retrap and singles of Long-tailed tit and Firecrest both new birds.  Carl did a great job keeping a very eager public engaged whilst the ringing process was taking place. It was really satisfying to see faces light up and huge smiles break out when someone got to hold and release a bird for the first time, it always takes me back to a frosty morning on Chobham Common and my very own first bird in the hand. The crowd dispersed at 11am and the feedback from Carl was very positive, it seems everyone enjoyed what they’d seen and heard.

Unfortunately for our visitors the highlight of the day came too late, on the last net round of the day Carl came back with a lovely Firecrest, and as you can see – an absolute cracker!

All in all the demonstration was a success and we all had a great morning, we headed off to the pub for a well-earned pint and lunch.

Firecrest

Firecrest

A further write-up can be found here on the Runnymede Ringing Group pages

15th – The farm

On Sunday I was on the farm adding 7 more nest boxes to my scheme, 6 more tit boxes and a Treecreeper box, this brings the total up to 12. Last year I ringed 24 pulli from 5 boxes so with the additional boxes added this season I would be hoping for a few more, fingers crossed!

After a few different builds and material choices I have now settled on this design, the main changes have been the materials, I now use 21mm gravel boards, purchased from Farm Fencing, a big thanks to them for the great deal they give me, I use old truck wheel inner-tubes for the roof hinges, recycled and donated for free from Tadworth Tyres, a big thanks to them too and a mixture of screw and nails for the construction, an extra coat of wildlife friendly preservative on the roof and we’re good to go!

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New design tit box


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A much better use of a golf trolley!


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Treecreeper box

 

All the boxes get GPS’d and added to my Googlemaps when I get home, obviously this is really helpful come the summer when the wood is transformed from winter bare branches to lush summer foliage.

Bring on the breeding season!

 

 

 

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…started a little later this week, a 0615 met in the car park giving everybody an extra 15 minutes in bed!

The team consisted of 5 ‘A’ ringers, 3 of which being trainers, 2 trainee’s and 2 soon to be trainee’s. It was rather misty when we arrived and stayed that way until the sun finally burnt it off, this did have an effect on the birds initially so we had a slow start once we had set up but once the mist went the birds came out in numbers. There was a steady catch throughout the session and by the end we had ringed 0ver 100 birds, the highlight of the morning was a Nightingale http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/n/nightingale/index.aspx

The session produced 3 new species for me, a Goldcrest, Chaffinch and Treecreeper, my full list:

  1. Chiff (Chiffchaff) x 7
  2. Bluti (Blue Tit) x 2
  3. Blaca (Blackcap) x 6
  4. Jay x 1
  5. Goldc (Goldcrest) x 1 species first
  6. Dunno (Dunnock) x 1
  7. Chaff (Chaffinch) x1 species first
  8. Meapi (Meadow Pipit) x 2
  9. Greti (Great Tit) x 2
  10. Treec (Treecreeper) x1 species first
  11. Robin x 2
  12. Goldf (Goldfinch) x 2

 

 

 
 

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…photographs to sort through from the long Easter weekend, quite a mixed bag, the first 3 photographs are  of the Wisteria in the garden at home.

The next 3 photographs are of a Chiffchaff from a walk over on Epsom Downs on Saturday, next a Treecreeper with a bug in its beak and a nice shot of a Robin captured while walking along the river Mole on Sunday and the final photograph is a Whitethroat captured tonight over on Epsom Downs.

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