Friday, 2 September 2011

C.E.S.No11 21st Aug 2011

Another double effort day today with George ringing at the Observatory and Mick Briggs and Dave Vincent completing session 11 of the C.E.S. at Aylmer Avenue with the other Aylmer nets open as well.
  The result was fantastic with George netting 67 birds at the Obs including 65 New birds and just 2 Retraps. At Aylmer the result was even more impressive with 285 birds processed including 211 New birds and 74 Retraps.

  The days catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (1/1) Sparrowhawk, (79/0) Swallow, (58/0) House Martin, (8/4) Wren, (0/4) Dunnock, (2/0) Robin, (3/0) Blackbird, (2/0) Reed Warbler, (5/1) Lesser Whitethroat, (7/4) Whitethroat, (13/2) Blackcap, (1/0) Chiffchaff, (45/4) Willow Warbler, (0/3) Long Tailed Tit, (1/0) Coal Tit, (6/21) Blue Tit, (0/13) Great Tit, (6/7) Chaffinch, (37/11) Greenfinch, (1/1) Goldfinch and (1/0) Linnet.

  The retrap Sparrowhawk was caught at Aylmer Avenue and was originally ringed on the Storm Ridge on the 6th August this year so hadn't gone very far so far. This was probably one of this years chicks from Sykes Farm that we didn't discover untill they were branching out from the nest.
  A storm front came through from the wash early morning and travelled along the coast without raining on the netting area at Aylmer Avenue, it did however force all the hirundines that were travelling over down to net level resulting in a cracking catch of Swallows and House Martins.
  The Coal Tit at Aylmer Avenue was the ninth of the year.

Reported on the reserve on the 21st August 2011 were -

x5 Green Sandpiper
x4 Spotted Redshank
x16 Greenshank
x160 Black Tailed Godwit
x1 Pintail
x14 Artic Skua
x1 Med Gull
x8 Grey Partridge
x1 Common Buzzard
x1 Marsh Harrier
x5 Whinchat
x3 Wheatear
x1 Pied Flycatcher
x3000 House Martin (South)
x1000 Swallow (South)
x30 Swift (South)
x8 Crossbill

House Martin catching on the 21st August 2011.
Photo - Mick Briggs

More House Martin catching on the 21st August 2011.
Photo - Mick Briggs

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