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…on the 17th April. A clear bright morning with a light WNW breeze.

A modest 31 birds processed with a 14/17 new/retrap split and a good number of species caught including:

  • 8 Blackcap
  • 2 Willow warbler
  • 1  Whitethroat
  • 1 Lesser Whitethroat
  • 1 Sedge warbler
  • 1 Chiffchaff
  • 3 Song thrush
  • 6 Dunnock
  • 5 Long-tailed tit
  • 2 Robin
  • 1 Blue tit


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Saturday 1st August

I was finally able to attend another CES session over at Wraysbury. A team of 5 turned out for CES 9. A rather calm session wind wise considering this year’s continued windy weather conditions. In addition to the CES nets we added a further 5 x 60′ nets. The total processed for the day was 131 of which 67 were CES.

Saturday 8th August 

Wraysbury again for CES 10. A cool start with a gentle breeze early on giving way to sunny cloudless skies by mid morning with a light gusting breeze. A total of 114 birds processed with 94 new and 20 retraps.

Sunday 9th August

A busy day was planned for what turned out to be a very pleasant day weather wise, the sun showing for most of the day after a fairly chilly start.

Paul and myself were over at Woolley Firs first thing, a second attempt to catch a juvenile Firecrest and prove they are breeding in Berkshire. We set 2 40’s in the wood and played Firecrest at one net and Blackcap at the other, we didn’t have to wait long for our first bird, on our first check round.

Friday 21st August

A trip to Rutland Water for the Birdfair 2015 accompanied by Carl.

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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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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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witnessed on the drive to Wraysbury this morning certainly helps make the 0430hrs get-up worthwhile.

Arriving on site at 0540 I met up with 8 others. We gathered our equipment and set off.

It was decided to try a different part of the site today and not the usual CES rides. The wind was breezy and quite fresh and probably had an effect on the overall totals however we caught quite a few different species including 11 Starlings (mostly recently fledged birds) which we wouldn’t normally catch.

There are a few horses kept on the site and we spotted a day old foal wobbling about with his mum! Only now I’m thinking why I didn’t get a photo!

My contribution to the session today was 4 processed and 7 extractions.

  1. Blaca (Blackcap) x 1
  2. Robin x 1
  3. Starl (Starling) x 1
  4. White (Whitethroat) x 1

It’s a busy one next week, CES session Saturday morning, pulli ringing Saturday afternoon and a Sunday session too! I guess you could say I’m into this ringing!!!

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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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…yesterday on what could be the last CES of the year, we have the option to do another session next Saturday as CES 12 falls over to weekends. This may well be the case because yesterdays numbers where well down on the yearly averages.

A nice cloudless sunrise and early morning with some cloud starting to arrive around 10:30 we had a couple of showers from 11:00 but nothing to stop us ringing.

7 ringers turned out with 2 trainers and 5 trainee’s. My ringed list for the day:-

  1. White (Whitethroat) x3
  2. Blaca (Blackcap) x4
  3. Chiff (Chiffchaff) x2
  4. Garwa (Garden Warbler) x1
  5. Bullf (Bullfinch) x1

The winter migration is now on and picking up speed as the birds that winter in Africa are on the move, the birds are showing fat on their bodies now which they need to sustain their long  journeys south. Hopefully we can re-trap the juveniles hatched and ringed this year when they return next year, well that’s the plan! 



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…was the penultimate CES of the year, only 7 ringers turned out for this session, the usual 3 trainers, a C ringer and 3 trainee’s. The weather was good with plenty of cloud cover and a light breeze, we set-up the usual CES nets along with a treble line, a double line and a single to catch Kingfishers (which we didn’t!). A total of 70 birds were ringed of which I did 24.

  1. White (Whitethroat) x7
  2. Blaca (Blackcap) x5
  3. Chiff (Chiffchaff) x6
  4. Robin x2
  5. Sparr (Sparrowhawk) x1
  6. Linne (Linnet) x1
  7. Wilwa (Willow Warbler) x1
  8. Blackbird (Blabi) x1 

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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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