Tuesday 31 January 2023

Little Snoring Garden - 31st January 2023

 Another windy month. The feeders seem to be getting a lot of returning birds, hence retraps outnumbered the new birds. Most interesting capture was a female Blackcap.

Totals: 40 (42)

Woodpigeon - 1
Great-Spotted Woodpecker - 1
Robin - 3 (3)
Dunnock - 3 (7)
Blackbird - 4 (1)
Blackcap - 1
Blue Tit - 13 (24)
Great Tit - 1 (6)
Long-tailed Tit - 5
Chaffinch -1
Goldfinch - 1
Greenfinch - 6 (1)

Monday 30 January 2023

Sculthorpe Moor - 29th January 2023

 A session at the feeder site with DKH & FB. An opportunity for experience of new species and plenty of extraction. Amongst the many Blue Tits were some Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Robin and  singles of Goldcrest and Marsh Tit.

Male Bullfinch, after processing remained watching the ringing for several minutes.

Totals: 33 (13)

Robin - 5 (1)
Goldcrest - 1
Blue Tit - 18 (7)
Marsh Tit - 0 (1)
Great Tit - 3 (4)
Bullfinch - 2 (1)
Greenfinch - 2
Long-tailed Tit - 2

Thursday 26 January 2023

River Thames at Truss's Island, Datchet and Windsor - 25th January 2023

 A rare return to one of our old stomping grounds for Mute Swan and Black-headed Gull resightings. The number of swan darvics was way down on what it used to be, but we were able to read some metal rings and even connected with a bird that we've been seeing in Windsor since 2018.

T0LJ, from a Polish project

The Black-headed Gulls were numerous, thanks to recent cold conditions and this resulted in a darvic marked Polish bird at  Truss's Island, three metal ringed birds from three different schemes at Datchet of which we got two complete codes and one minus the last digit. Thankfully the complete reads were both the foreign birds, one from Finland and the other the Netherlands. It took many photos to get the whole numbers.

ST******4 from Finland

3.588**** from Holland

Ending up at Windsor as rain started and the light began to fail, only one BTO marked gull was seen, but thankfully, fully recorded as the EX prefix seemed to indicate quite an old bird, confirmed by DemOn as ringed 19/03/2011 when adult and seen again almost two years later. That will make a very nice record for the ringer.

Full details on all gulls awaited.

Ringed in the UK, in no less than its 11th year. 

Mute Swan W42548, our fifth sighting since 2018.

Monday 23 January 2023

Sculthorpe Moor - 23rd January 2023

 A very chilly morning with the flooded areas remaining frozen throughout our session. The feeders were obviously extremely attractive to the birdlife in these conditions and for our five hours of fieldwork there were only 10 birds from the 5 nets in the beavers' enclosure.

Best part of our day was an impromptu ringing demonstration for some visiting students.

Lesser Redpoll

A clear, frosty start to the day.

Total: 7 (3)

Blackbird - 1 (1)
Redwing - 1
Wren - 1
Dunnock - 1
Blue Tit - 0 (1)
Marsh Tit - 0 (1)
Lesser Redpoll - 2
Treecreeper - 1

Sunday 22 January 2023

A farm in west Norfolk - 21st January 2023

 We missed the last CES session due to bad weather so were very glad to manage an outing during CES6, even if it was a particularly cold and frosty morning. 

We took a catch of 54 birds, over 20 of these being retraps. Obviously birds that find a good food source keep coming back. Leading species was Blackbird followed by Dunnock. A first for captures at this site was a Moorhen. We do have colour rings for these, however after breaking two (presoaked in hot water) this one departed with just the metal ring.

Adult Moorhen

The cold weather was also bringing Reed Buntings to the site and one of these found a mist net.

1st winter Reed Bunting male

There were even a couple of sparrows, but not the right sort for our Tree Sparrow project.

Male House Sparrow

Total: 33 (21)

Moorhen - 1
Blackbird - 13 (6)
Song Thrush - 1
Robin - 1 (2)
Dunnock - 8 (7)
Blue Tit - 2 (5)
Great Tit - 0 (1)
Chaffinch - 4
House Sparrow - 2
Reed Bunting - 1

Wednesday 18 January 2023

Stanhoe Orchard - 16th December 2022 - update on controlled Fieldfare

 The BTO forwarded details of where and when this bird was ringed today. It is clearly a movement in response to the cold snap we were experiencing at the time. It was ringed just 8 days before on 8th December on Havsoy, Eigersund, Rogaland, Norway.

This movement of a first year female Fieldfare is a late date for a general seasonal movement. 

Tuesday 3 January 2023

Little Snoring Garden - December 2022

 Captures were down this month, more to do with a sustained spell of extremely windy weather sometimes teamed with rain, than a reduction in birds visiting the feeders. As a consequence of the weather, captures were from the beginning and last few days of the month.

An unexpected visitor was a Marsh Tit, having never even seen one in the garden the capture was a real surprise. There have been a few other reports of Marsh Tits turning up unexpected during the winter period so perhaps they are less tied to their usual habitats , during winter, than generally accepted.

Marsh Tit

There seemed to be fewer Blackbirds and Goldfinch visiting the garden. However, Greenfinch and  House Sparrow continue to come in.

Blackcaps have been observed feeding on the fruits from the palm that flowered this year, and apples. Three pheasants have become a regular feature over Christmas.

Totals: 39 (2)

Robin - 2
Dunnock - 6 (1)
Blackbird -  2
Long-tailed Tit - 2
Blue Tit - 9 (1)
Marsh Tit - 1
Chaffinch - 1
Goldfinch - 3
Greenfinch - 7
House Sparrow - 6