Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Ringing on 24th Sep 2011

A double effort day today with George ringing at the Osbervatory and Mick Briggs, on an increasingly rare day off work, ringing at Aylmer Avenue. The two sites produced 101 Birds processed including 74 New birds and 27 Retraps.

  The days catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (0/1) Sparrowhawk, (0/2) Wren, (5/1) Dunnock, (4/1) Robin, (0/1) Blackbird, (14/0) Blackcap, (1/0) Chiffchaff, (26/2) Goldcrest, (0/1) Long Tailed Tit, (3/4) Blue Tit, (2/2) Great Tit, (11/7) Greenfinch, (5/5) Goldfinch and (3/0) Lesser Redpoll.

  The Lesser Redpolls were just the 5th to 7th of the year whilst the Retrap Sparrowhawk was the young male originally ringed on the 6th of August 2011 on the Storm Ridge and retrapped today for the second time at Aylmer Avenue, where it would seem to have taken up residence.
  Goldcrest numbers are now starting to really build up whilst the 14 Blackcaps ringed in a single day just go to show what a cracking couple of breeding years that this species has had, it would seem now that the Blackcap record year total will certainly be broken this year.

  Also reported on the 24th September 2011 were -

x14 Brent Goose
x18 Pink Footed Goose
x1 Spoonbill
x7 Snipe (In off the sea)
x1 Swift (South)
x1 Red Rumped Swallow (South) per Darren Mathews
x5 Goldcrest
x5 Chiffchaff
x3 Crossbill

Still small numbers of finches including Linnets, Redpolls and Siskins, along with House Martin and Swallows moving South.
1st Year Male Blackcap - 1 of 14 ringed on the 24th September 2011.
Note the sharp/pointy tail feathers indicative of a first year bird that has grown all the tail feathers at one time in the nest.
Photo - Mick Briggs
1st Year Male Blackcap - 1 of 14 ringed on the 24th September 2011.
Photo - Mick Briggs

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