Saturday, 21 September 2013

Chobham Common - 19 September 2013

This visit with TA was an exploratory one to see if the site was used by Meadow Pipits in any numbers on autumn migration. It has not been rung specifically for Pipits in the past, so whilst optimistic, the likely result was not really known. The main push was that one of our regular Meadow Pipit sites has now been taken over by a heard of around 50 ponies and is no longer not suitable for ringing. We set a couple of double panels for Dartfords, a box for Pipits and a single double in the trees. The tape had been only playing for a short while and the Pipits started arriving, and arriving. We eventually ended up with around 100 in the area at one stage, and in the end we rang 55, with no same day re-traps, showing the site is certainly used by Meadow Pipits on migration.

Totals: 76

Meadow Pipit - 55
Wren - 1
Dartford Warbler -1
Chiff-chaff - 14
Long-tailed Tit - 1
Great Tit - 3
Coal Tit - 1