Monday, 17 October 2016

Wraysbury GP C4 - 15th October 2016

Wraysbury was covered both on C4 and C6 today. Our team CL, DKL & OCM took the more sheltered C4, but not having ringed there since last winter, found that some rides we intended to use had become overgrown, as were the access paths. This caused a delay in getting started and the last of the 10 nets was not up until it was completely light, by which time we had seen many Blackbirds and thrushes leave the area. We took the first round straight away and it was clear that there were quite a lot of Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests on site. We also had the first Redwing of the autumn.

The first Wraysbury Redwing of the 16/17 winter

We started ringing and after the first twenty or so birds, I (DKL) went round to monitor the situation and clear the nets again. There were a few more crests, but nothing too much so the morning continued at a steadier pace.

The team on C6 processed 50 or so birds including a rather late Willow Warbler.  So, no more hopes of a YBW from the recent influx. We've clearly missed the boat on that score.

C4 Total: 75 (7)

Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1
Wren - 3
Dunnock - 3
Robin - 5 (1)
Song Thrush - 2
Redwing - 1
Blackcap - 5
Chiffchaff - 18 (1)
Goldcrest - 22
Long-tailed Tit - 9 (5)
Blue Tit - 6