Sunday, 1 December 2013

Bletchingley - 30 November 2013

It's almost a year since we visited our friends in Bletchingley with nets, poles etc., but today was the day we'd arranged to try a catch and we took JHH and Alison to lend a hand. The garden is fed regularly and if anything, there are even more feeders than before. We have had some sizable catches in the past so we were expecting a lot from the two 40s, a 30 and a double panel 60 metre net.

There was hardly a minute when there wasn't a bird awaiting extraction. The team worked well with Alison scribing and two people ringing most of the time. JHH got a chance to compare lots of individuals from the same species, found out a bit about the benefits of ringing in natural light and processed her first Starlings and a Ring-necked Parakeet.  Between 9am and 2.30pm we managed 172 birds including a few from previous years and Blue Tit T089789, a string known to have been issued to a local ringer and probably used in 2008 or 2009  going by the results on a previous recapture. Many thanks to Ralph and Pat for their wonderful hospitality.

Starling - 3 male

 Ring-necked Parakeet - 5

Totals: 162 (10)

Ring-necked Parakeet - 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker -  3 (1)
Blackbird - 2
Dunnock - 5
Robin - 2
Blue Tit -    94 (6)
GreatTit -   28 (3)
Starling - 2
Goldfinch - 13
Chaffinch - 12