Sunday, 24 July 2016

Bedfont Lake CP - 24 July 2016

We answered the call for help from the Bedfont crew as only two people were available from the usual team. The trainees came too and DGH dropped in to join us for a while so CES was easily covered.

Bird of the day was a Treecreeper.

It looks as though Cetti's Warblers have been doing well. This is the third session running where they have featured on the record sheet (Wraysbury, Stanwell and Bedfont).

Totals: 47 (14)

Wren -2 (1)
Dunnock - 0 (2)
Robin - 3
Blackbird - 1 (1)
Song Thrush - 1
Cetti's Warbler - 3
Reed Warbler - 20 (5)
Blackcap - 1
Chiffchaff - 5 (1)
Blue Tit - 7 (1) 
Great Tit -0 (1)
Long-tailed Tit - 3 (2)
Treecreeper - 1 

Stanwell Moor GP - 23 July 2016

The second outing of the day was to Stanwell Moor and nets were set out over part of the lake with the intention of trying for a hirundine roost at the end of the day. In addition to these two nets there was an aditional one extending into the reeds, a double at the dry, far end of the same ride and a single in the dried out filter bed (the first independent effort at putting up a net by our new trainees - and a good job they made of it too!)

The session was notable for the high number of adult Reed Warblers caught, as well as two Cetti's Warblers and a couple of Kingfishers.

3JM Cetti's Warbler

Retrapped Reed Warbler L769324 was first processed, as a 4M, on 30/06/2011 by GDB. Since then it has cropped up on 27/07/2011 (DKL), 26/06/2013 (EP) and again this evening when processed by WA.

Twenty or so Sand Martins showed initial interest and began to circle the reedbed, but as so often happens were put off. There were no Hobbies present so the only likely cause was that planes taking off from the south runway were just too loud.

Totals: 22 (2)

Kingfisher - 2
Wren - 1
Robin - 1
Cetti's Warbler - 2
Sedge Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler - 13 (2)  Twelve adults and three juveniles.
Chiffchaff -1
Great Tit - 1

Wraysbury GP - 23 July 2016

We opted for for a leisurely start and went on site at 7am. The first thing we noticed was that there were notices posted for the flygrazers to remove their 40 or so ponies within the next week. We can only hope.

We set the same five nets as the previous Sunday, continued until just before midday - part of this time with two nets furled as the areas were particularly hot and still exceeded last time's total. Around half were Blackcaps but any total into 3 figures is none too shabby.

 3J Cetti's Warbler

 3J Goldfinch

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Totals: 94 (7)

Dunnock - 2
Blackbird - 2
Song Thrush - 1
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler -2
Whitethroat - 13 (2)
Garden Warbler - 20
Blackcap - 50 (5)
Chiffchaff - 2
Goldfinch - 1

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Chobham Common - 22 July 2016

Original plans for summer ringing included trying for Nightjar from mid June - however both Chris and I were ill after our travels and lost at least three weeks out in the field.

We weren't sure whether we'd try at all this year but having a couple of keen trainees, we relented and went to one of our usual spots on the north side of the common. We arrived on site at 7.30pm and set two doubles along the path. This part of the common has no through pathways so no  one passed by to ask about our monitoring or read the notices placed by the nets.

It turned out to be a most worthwhile session, for our team of four (CHL, DKL, WA & LON) with three Nightjars captured - all from the same net between 21.40pm and 22.40pm.

 4M Nightjar

 Pattern of primaries on first 4M Nightjar.

 Another 4M Nightjar

 5F Nightjar

Total: 3

Nightjar - 3

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Wraysbury GP - 17 July 2016

We were slightly apprehensive this morning as we'd heard that the fence keeping 40 or so ponies on land adjacent to the ringing site was down. On close inspection it had clearly been cut and folded back - and all the ponies were on the wrong side of the fence. Taking this into account we limited nets to just five - three of which could not be accessed by the ponies without us seeing them first. We hoped we'd hear the animals approaching, or see them before they got to the other two.

It wasn't too busy and there were plenty of extraction, processing and equipment handling opportunites for the trainees without too much pony wrangling.

Blackcaps made up more than 50% of the catch.

 3JJ Blackcap

 3JP Garden Warbler

The vandalised fence

Totals: 54 (6)

Wren - 1
Robin - 1
Dunnock - 4 (1)
Blackbird - 0 (1)
Reed Warbler - 1
Whitethroat - 6 (1)
Garden Warbler - 6
Blackcap - 30 (1)
Chiffchaff - 5 (2)

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Bedfont Lakes Country Park - 16 July 2016

Today we joined EP and LJB for a CES session at Bedfont. It was our first outing with new trainees WA and LON and the good weather conditions and steady supply of birds was just perfect for them to make some useful progess with extractions, handling and ringing.

The catch included Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat, species not regularly present in that area of the park, Sedge Warbler and Kingfisher.

Kingfisher aged 3

Totals: 26 (10)

Kingfisher - 1
Robin - 2 (1)
Wren - 3
Sedge Warbler - 1

Reed Warbler - 8 (8)
Lesser Whitethroat -1
Whitethroat - 2
Blackcap - 6
Chiffchaff - 1
Great Tit - 1
Long-tailed Tit - 0 (1)

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Broadwater GP - 13 July 2016

The morning looked good for ringing at Broadwater but the team of four became just three when CHL had to work. Thankfully MRB and Margaret were kind enough to give me a lift since I have no transport when CHL has the car - but we were glad that we did go as numbers are really picking up now with a total of 67 birds, 31 having been caught around midday. There was a sharp shower at about twenty past 12, a little earlier than forecast, but the flock had already been extracted and bagged, so all birds remained dry and it was just ringers and equipment that got a bit wet during the rain.

                                              One of several 3JJ Chiffchaff captured today.