Sunday, 3 October 2010

Wraysbury GP RRG and Stanwell Moor ringing site - 2 October 2010

On Saturday we joined the group at Wraysbury GP for a session. 12 group members attended and the days catch came to188 birds of 21 species with 15 re-traps and one Swallow control (X405762).

Totals were: Chiff-chaff  (43); Blackcap (26); Greenfinch (26); House Martin (22); Swallow (19); Meadow Pipit (14); Robin (8); Chaffinch (4); Goldfinch (2); Goldcrest (2); Pied Wagtail (1); Tree Pipit(1) and Sparrowhawk (1).

The House Martins were feeding around the site and resting on Rose bushes. A decision was made to move a 60 feet net and with Denise and I at either ends we moved it across to the Rose bushes and half an hour later we were 22 martins in the net.

 House Martin - juv

Pied Wagtail - adult F (the first ringed at the site)

Sparrowhawk - male

Tree Pipit

Tree (front) and Meadow (rear) Pipit
note larger bill of Tree and pink lower
mandible v orange on Meadow

Ringer in charge (yes he is awake)

A gaggle working busily

Afterwards Denise and I, oddly with no other volunteers after the 6am start, went to Stanwell Moor via the local garden centre cafe where we managed another 25 Meadow Pipits along with Blue Tit (14), Chiff-chaff (6), Great Tit (3) and Long-tailed Tit (1).

Meadow Pipit catching area