Sunday, 17 October 2010

Iver Heath - ringing demo, Home Cottage Farm, Apple Day 16 October 2010

One of our ringing sites is at a fruit farm after the pick your own season has finished in November. They hold annual 'apple day' with various stalls from various organisations. We offered, last year, to put a ringing demo on during the day and about a month ago they contacted us to see if we still wanted to do it. So with the help of some of the ringing group from the Hilfield Res contingent Denise and I , together with Peter Delaloye, Vic and Helen Izani, and Mathew and Carol Rosser we managed to give a few of the visitors some pleasure seeing birds close up.

we did 53 birds - which included 2 re-traps
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Robin 2
Blue Tit 30
Coal Tit 6
Great Tit 2
Long-tailed Tit 3
Goldcrest 6
Nuthtach 2
Chaffinch 1
the two re-traps Blue Tits
X763676 was rung at Home Farm on 28/12/09
X905853 was rung in our garden on 17/7/10

Coat Tit - 3

Goldcrest - 3

We were approached by two ex-ringers during the demo, one in his 60s whose health was unfortunately not as good as could have been and another who was there doing a ferret racing demo!

Upon returning home, a quick drop of the net and we managed a Great Spotted woodpecker, 3 Goldfiches and 2 Blue Tits.