Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Bletchingley Garden - 8th January 2017

We made arrangements to spend the day 'chez Pat and Ralph', monitoring the birds that make use of their many feeders. We have been doing yearly winter visits here since 2012. This year we were accompanied by our two trainees as it is our only chance of high numbers during the winter period and extracting a lot of tits around feeders helps develop extracting skills,

 After some uncertainty as to whether there would be favourable weather conditions, the day dawned with light mist rather than rain and the planned ringing was able to go ahead. The standard five nets were put up, with additional ground and potter traps, although nothing was caught in either of these.

It wasn't long before there were birds to extract and both trainees had plenty of extraction practice, mostly with Great and Blue Tits. As well as the glut of tits, and opportunities to compare multiple individuals of the same species, there were other species that we rarely catch at our usual sites and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Ring-necked Parakeet and House Sparrow provided some really useful experience.

We had recaptures from each of the four previous sessions held here and these are shown in the table below.

Blue Tit
Ringed as adult on 16/02/2014
Blue Tit
Ringed as adult on 16/02/2014
Great Tit
Ringed as 2Y on 14/03/2015
Great Tit
Ringed as 2Y on 14/03/2015
Great Tit
Ringed as 2Y on 14/03/2015
Blue Tit
Ringed as 2Y on 14/03/2015
Great Tit
Ringed as 2Y on 14/03/2015
Great Spotted Woodpecker (female)
Ringed as 2Y on 14/03/2015
Nuthatch (male)
Ringed on 9/12/2012 and recaptured 16/02/2014
Nuthatch (female)
Ringed 16/02/2014
Great Tit
Ringed as adult 30/11/2013
Blue Tit
Ringed as juvenile 30/11/2013
Ringed as juvenile 30/11/2013

TJ77616 Nuthatch female

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker LC56821

Male House Sparrow VB90911

First time handling Ring-necked Parakeet (with an audience too)

6F Ring-necked Parakeet

Many thanks to Ralph and Pat for their wonderful hospitality, all the tea, coffee, biscuits and rolls and especially that fantastic vegetable soup!

Totals: 116 (13)

Ring-necked Parakeet - 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1 (1)
Wren - 1
Robin - 3
Dunnock - 7
Blackbird - 4
Coal Tit - 3
Blue Tit - 43 (4)
Great Tit - 36 (5)
Nuthatch - 0 (2)
House Sparrow - 1
Chaffinch - 5
Goldfinch - 11 (1)