Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Ringing on 20th Aug 2011

George was trying his best again this morning over at the Observatory but alas, the weather was against him with bright skys and a stiff breeze making netting very difficult, cutting the morning short to just a couple of hours ringing.
  The result was just 12 birds processed, including 6 New birds and 4 Retraps.

  The mornings catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (0/1) Dunnock, (1/0) Robin, (1/0) Lesser Whitethroat, (2/3) Whitetroat, (1/0) Blackcap and (1/0) Treecreeper.

  Lets hope that the weather improves soon!

Ringing on 19th Aug 2011

A harsh day today with the weather turning decidedly miserable for ringing with bright blue skys and a strong breeze. George managed to process just 10 birds this morning including 5 New birds and 5 Retraps.


  The catch was made up of (New/Retrap) - (0/3) Dunnock, (3/2) Whitethroat, (1/0) Garden Warbler and (1/0) Goldcrest.


  The Goldcrest is the first of the Autumn proper whilst the Garden Warbler is the seventh of the Autumn and the sixth in a week!

Ringing on 18th Aug 2011

More of the same today with George ringing at the Observatory this morning, resulting in 27 birds processed including 23 New birds and 4 Retraps.

  The mornings catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (2/0) Swallow, (2/0) Wren, (1/0) Dunnock, (2/0) Robin, (1/0) Sedge Warbler, (1/0) Reed Warbler, (2/0) Lesser Whitethroat, (5/4) Whitethroat, (1/0) Garden Warbler, (5/0) Willow Warbler and (1/0) Linnet.

  More good birds today then with the second Garden Warbler in two days, surely it can't be long before George pulls a real rarity out of  one of the Obs mist nets?

Ringing on 17th Aug 2011

The Obs nets gave George a bit more of a reward than yesterday today with 78 birds processed, including 75 New birds and just 3 Retraps, pushing the Retrap to New bird ration down to just under 4%!

  The mornings catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (47/0) Swallow, (1/0) Meadow Pipit, (1/0) Wren, (1/0) Dunnock, (1/0) Robin, (2/0) Reed Warbler, (9/2) Whitethroat, (1/0) Garden Warbler, (2/0) Blackcap, (7/0) Willow Warbler, (1/0) Blue Tit, (0/1) Chaffinch, (1/0) Goldfinch and (1/0) Linnet.

  A much improved catch over yesterdays figures, partly down to the wind having died down somewhat and a hint of easterly starting to develop this afternoon!

Ringing on 16th Aug 2011

George was over at the Observatory today and processed 17 birds, all of which were New birds!

  The mornings catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (1/0) Sand Martin, (9/0) Swallow, (1/0) Wren, (1/0) Sedge Warbler, (1/0) Reed Warbler and (4/0) Willow Warbler.

  Hopefully the breezy weather will calm down soon.

Ringing on 15th Aug 2011

A cracking double effort day today with Tim Bagworth on one of his few days off, ringing at Aylmer Avenue whilst George was over at the Observatory and was joined by a couple of visiting ringers in the shape of Observatory Team Member - Adrian Blackburn and his friend Jackie Lawrence.

  Being triple crewed at the Observatory paid dividends with  121 birds processed at the Obs including 120 New birds and just 6 Retraps! At Aylmer Avenue, Tim processed 101 birds including 91 New birds and 10 Retraps.
  The combined catch was a grand total for the day of 230 birds processed including 214 New birds and just 16 Retraps! making a Retrap to New birds ratio of just less than 8% which is very impressive for a site where ringing is carried out nearly daily!

  The days catch was made us thus (New/Retrap) - (1/0) Sand Martin, (68/0) Swallow, (1/0) House Martin, (3/0) Dunnock, (1/0) Robin, (1/0) Redstart, (1/0) Sedge Warbler, (2/0) Lesser Whitethroat, (20/5) Whitethroat, (2/0) Blackcap, (1/0) Chiffchaff, (57/0) Willow Warbler, (6/4) Blue Tit, (0/3) Great Tit, (2/0) Magpie, (2/3) Chaffinch, (37/1) Greenfinch, (8/0) Goldfinch and (1/0) Linnet.

  Perhaps the most impressive figure of the day were the 57 New Willow Warblers and not a single Retrap! I always say that the peak Willow Warbler influx at Gib is between the 10th and the 14th August, so this total is bang on cue!
  The Redstart is the first one of the year and just one day later than last year.

  Hopefully these sort of days at Gib will be repeated often over the next few months!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Reported 17th Jun to 20th Aug 2011

A quick update to Reported sighting's on the reserve from 17th June to the 20th August. This list is by no means complete but gives a taste of what has been seen during that time.

17th June 2011 -
x2 Marsh Harrier, x2 Green Sandpiper, x2 Spoonbill, x1 Med Gull, x4 Little Ringed Plover, x1 Siskin

22nd June 2011 -
x1 Whimbrel (south), x3 Spoonbill, x70 Swift (South), x14 Crossbill
Seawatching produced - x1 Red Throated Diver, x8 Gannet, x5 Common Scoter, x1 Fulmar, x1 Golden Plover

30th June 2011 -
x1 Willow Tit (A real Gib rarity!)

3rd August 2011 -
x1 Quail (Heard calling over the River Steeping early in the morning), x14 Spoonbill were present on Jacksons by lunchtime, 20,000 Knot on the high tide movement, x1 Roseate Tern

8th August 2011 -
x6 Spoonbill, x1 Marsh Harrier (Male), x1 Spotted Redshank, x4 Common Sandpiper
Swallow numbers continue to build up with decent numbers of Willow Warbler, Yellow Wagtail and Swift passing through the dunes.
Another sighting of two Chinese Water Deer on the reserve was made yesterday.

9th August 2011 -
x23 Little Egret (Roosting in the plantation), x2 Marsh Harrier, x1 Common Buzzard, x5 Spoonbill, x1 Barn Owl.

10th August 2011 -
x8 Spoonbill (Jacksons) x1 Quail (Heard calling over Croft Marsh first thing this morning)

11th August 2011 -
x1 Pintail (Mere), x1 Garganey (Mere), x8 Spoonbill, x150 Black Tailed Godwit (Over Old Saltmarsh at tea time)

12th Auugust 2011 -
x1 Peregrine, x2 Merlin, x1 Marsh Harrier, x1 Sparrowhawk, x1 Tree Pipit (Calling heading south at 6.30am)

15th August 2011 -
x1 Wood Warbler, x4 Whinchat, x1 Pied Flycatcher, x1 Green Woodpecker, x5 Marsh Harrier, x1 Treecreeper, x1 Common Redstart, x6 Crossbill, x4 Turtle Dove, x8 Spoonbill, x35 Willow Warbler

17th August 2011 -
x2 Whinchat, x1 Wheatear, x1 Kingfisher, x2 Marsh Harrier, x5 Spoonbill, Golden Plover & Spotted Redshank seen flying south over saltmarsh with the high tide.

19th August 2011 -
x2 Common Crane (Drifted over), x1 Wheatear

20th August 2011 -
x2 Whinchat, x3 Wheatear, x2 Marsh Harrier, x50 Golden Plover, x8 Yellow Wagtail, x3 Crossbill, x25 Linnet.

  Many thanks to members of the Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve Facebook Page for the majority of these sightings reports. Keep up the good work, - Cracking Stuff!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Ringing on 14th Aug 2011

A complete turn around from yesterday with George ringing over at the Observatory resulting in a massive 155 birds processed including 152 New birds and just 3 Retraps.

  The days catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (1/0) Sparrowhawk, (3/0) Sand Martin, (108/0) Swallow, (8/0) House Martin, (1/2) Dunnock, (1/0) Robin, (2/0) Reed Warbler, (6/0) Lesser Whitethroat, (7/1) Whitethroat, (1/0) Garden Warbler, (11/0) Willow Warbler, (1/0) Goldfinch and (2/0) Linnet.

  A really good day then with both numbers of Hirundines and numbers of Warblers starting to really increase. Several thousand Hirundines flew south during the course of the day past the Observatory whilst the double figure for Willow Warbler is the first day this has happened this year over at the Observatory.

Ringing on 13th Aug 2011

Things really sank to the bottom today with George managing to catch just 4 birds including a retrap Dunnock and 3 New Whitethroat.

  We don't want to see to many days like this, this Autumn!

Ringing on 12th Aug 2011

George had a much better day today over at the Observatory with much better weather conditions to assist the catching. The days total was 65 birds processed including 58 New birds and 7 Retraps.

  The catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (1/0) Sand Martin, (51/0) Swallow, (1/0) Pied Wagtail, (0/1) Wren, (2/0) Reed Warbler, (0/4) Whitethroat, (1/0) Garden Warbler, (1/2) Blackcap and (1/0) Linnet.

  This was a decent result for a mornings ringing and hopefully a taster of days to come!

Ringing on 11th Aug 2011

Ringing totals today were virtually nill with just a single New Willow Warbler and a single Retrap Blackcap for all of George's efforts

  Hopefully tomorrows weather will be less wet and windy!

Ringing on 10th Aug 2011

A very quiet day today for George at the Observatory which must of felt more like July than August with bright sunshine and breezy conditions making catching nearly impossible. There were just 7 birds processed, although they were all New birds.

  The catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (1/0) Dunnock, (1/0) Whitethroat and (5/0) Willow Warbler.

  Perhaps the Willow Warblers that we have come to expect around the second week in August are about to arrive in big numbers? we just need a couple of days easterlies to bring them in.

Ringing on 9th Aug 2011

Another day at the Observatory with George trying hard again, resulted in 22 birds processed including 21 New birds and just a single Retrap!

  The mornings catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (19/0) Swallow, (1/0) Meadow Pipit, (0/1) Blackcap and (1/0) Willow Warbler.

  Another average day for the time of year but things still looking promising for when conditions are right.

Ringing on 8th Aug 2011

George was ringing again over at the Observatory and was rewarded with 44 birds processed including 42 New birds and just 2 Retraps.

  The mornings catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (21/0) Swallow, (1/0) Yellow Wagtail, (1/0) Wren, (1/0) Lesser Whitethroat, (4/2) Whitethroat, (1/0) Garden Warbler, (1/0) Blackcap, (6/0) Willow Warbler, (5/0) Tree Sparrow and (1/0) Linnet.

  A cracking day then, quality wise at least. The Tree Sparrows were the first of the year as was the Yellow Wagtail whilst the Garden Warbler was just the third of the year and the second of the Autumn. Things are slowly starting to hot up!

C.E.S.No10 7th Aug 2011

Again today turned into another double effort day! George and Ross Ahmed were ringing over at the Observatory whilst Dave vincent and Mick Briggs were completing session number 10 of the C.E.S. at Aylmer Avenue. The days combined catch was 79 birds processed including 58 New birds and 21 Retraps.

  The catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (3/0) Swallow, (5/1) Wren, (1/2) Dunnock, (3/0) Robin, (0/1) Blackbird, (1/0) Reed Warbler, (7/3) Lesser Whitethroat, (6/3) Whitethroat, (2/0) Blackcap, (9/0) Willow Warbler, (1/1) Long Tailed Tit, (2/6) Blue Tit, (1/1) Great Tit, (2/0) Magpie, (2/3) Chaffinch, (12/0) Greenfinch and (1/0) Goldfinch.

Another fairy good day with numbers of Warblers continuing to build up slowly although again conditions were not the best for a decent catch with bright sunshine and a stiff breeze.

  Later in the afternoon with a bit of help from Lynda Briggs, Mick Briggs managed to get all of the brash from the front of Aylmer to a fire site and also managed to get the whole lot burnt although the last hour of the day was sspent in light to heavy at times rain waiting for the last pile on the fire to burn down to a safe level before leaving for the night at around 9pm!
  Another very long day, having started at 5am, but at least all necessary clearing of rides of Wragwort by hand! and then brush cutting and then burning has been done in both of the large enclosures that ringing is carried out in at Aylmer Avenue. They now look cracking for the Autumn rush of migrants!

George Gregory talking Ross Ahmed through the complexities of moult.
7th August 2011.
Photo - Mick Briggs

One of the net rides at the front of Aylmer Avenue after been cleared of Wragwort and then brush cut ready for the Autumn rush of migrants on the 7th August 2011.
Photo - Mick Briggs

The brash pile by the fire site in front of Aylmer Avenue shortly before starting to burn it on 7th August 2011.
Photo - Mick Briggs

Just starting the long fire on the 7th August 2011.
Photo - Mick Briggs

Ringing on 6th Aug 2011

Another double effort day today with Mick Briggs and Dave Vincent ringing at Aylmer Avenue whilst George was ringing over at the Observatory with a new visitor in the shape of Ross Ahmed, visiting from the Newcastle area and intending to come again in the morning and then hoping to return soon for another session.
  The combined catch for the day was 66 birds processed including 55 New birds and 11 Retraps.

  The days catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (1/0) Sparrowhawk, (31/0) Swallow, (12/1) House Martin, (2/0) Lesser Whitethroat, (4/0) Willow Warbler, (0/1) Blue Tit, (0/9) Great Tit, (1/0) Chaffinch, (3/0) Greenfinch and (1/0) Linnet.

  A fairly interesting day but slightly down on numbers, breezy and sunny conditions didn't make for good catching conditions at all. Although there did seem to be plenty of migrants about the dunes.

  After ringing at Aylmer Avenue, Mick Briggs managed to find time to get all of the Brash that had been previously raked into piles by Lynda Briggs and Dave Vincent, dragged upto the fire site in the C.E.S. plot. Whilst it was there, it seemed like a good idea to get it all burnt whilst the wind was in the correct position. A good days effort was then topped off when Lynda Briggs and Dave Vincent arrived to help rake up behind Mick Briggs as he whizzed through all of the net rides around the front of Aylmer Avenue with the brush cutter. By the time they had finshed, there was a huge ammount of brash to be burnt, around about 25 hardcore type bags! Another job to be done another day!

The final pile of dry brash is added to the bonfire on the C.E.S. fire site after they were all brush cut last weekend.
6th Aug 2011.
Photo - Mick Briggs

Ringing on 5th Aug 2011

A cracker of a day was had today by George over at the Observatory today with some serious Swallow passage happening numbering in the thousands. The result for the day was 130 birds processed including 125 New birds and just 5 Retraps.

  The catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (2/0) Sand Martin, (111/0) Swallow, (3/0) House Martin, (1/0) Pied Wagtail, (0/2) Dunnock, (2/0) Sedge Warbler, (1/2) Whitethroat, (0/1) Blackcap, (4/0) Willow Warbler and (1/0) Greenfinch.

  Some serious Swallow passage resulted in the first three figure day so far this year. Hopefully this will be the first three figure day of many this Autumn. The Pied Wagtail was the first Adult of the year whilst the House Martins were also the first of the year and hopefully the first of many!

Ringing on 4th Aug 2011

Ringing by George at the Observatory this morning resulted in 15 birds processed including 14 New and just 1 Retrap.

  The catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (10/0) Swallow, (1/0) Lesser Whitethroat, (2/1) Whitethroat and (1/0) Willow Warbler.

  Another steady August day.

Ringing on 3rd Aug 2011

George was again over at the Observatory today catching a total of 79 birds made up of 75 New birds and just 4 Retraps!

  The mornings catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (2/0) Sand Martin, (66/2) Swallow, (0/1) Dunnock, (1/0) Sedge Warbler, (1/1) Whitethroat, (3/0) Willow Warbler, (1/0) Linnet and (1/0) Reed Bunting.

  A much improved total and ratio of New to Retraps. Hopefully these sort of catch's will continue through out August and beyond.

Ringing on 2nd Aug 2011

A double effort day today with Mike Polling ringing at Aylmer Avenue and George over at the Observatory. The combined result for the day was 50 birds processed including 36 New birds and 14 Retraps.

  The days catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (24/0) Swallow, (1/0) Dunnock, (1/0) Reed Warbler, (1/0) Lesser Whitethroat, (0/1) Whitethroat, (1/0) Blackcap, (0/1) Chiffchaff, (2/0) Willow Warbler, (2/3) Blue Tit, (0/6) Great Tit, (0/3) Chaffinch, (3/0) Greenfinch and (1/0) Goldfinch.

  A much better day with the first Swallows of the year being attracted to the storm ridge during active migration. Hopefully these will be the first of many to come this Autumn. Warbler numbers also now are starting to build up.

Ringing on 1st Aug 2011

George was ringing again at the Observatory today but only managed 7 birds processed including 4 New birds and 3 Retraps.

  These were made up thus (New/Retrap) - (1/0) Dunnock, (1/0) Lesser Whitethroat, (0/3) Whitethroat, (1/0) Blackcap, (1/0) Chiffchaff.

C.E.S. No9 31st Jul 2011

Double effort day today with Mick Briggs and Dave Vincent completing the 9th C.E.S. visit whilst George was also ringing over at the Observatory. The result for the day was an impressive 112 birds processed including 77 New birds and 35 Retraps.

  The days catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (3/0) Swallow, (4/0) Wren, (1/2) Dunnock, (1/0) Robin, (2/0) Reed Warbler, (5/1) Lesser Whitethroat, (10/3) Whitethroat, (7/0) Blackcap, (1/0) Chiffchaff, (17/2) Willow Warbler, (1/0) Goldcrest, (0/8) Long Tailed Tit, (11/2) Blue Tit, (4/10) Great Tit, (0/1) Magpie, (7/5) Chaffinch, (2/1) Greenfinch and (1/0) Linnet.

The Goldcrest was the first of the Summer, being a very young bird seemingly proving breeding on or very close to the Reserve. The Magpie was the fourth to be ringed on the Reserve this year.

  In the afternoon Lynda and Mick Briggs accompanied by Dave Vincent Brushcut and raked all of the net rides through the C.E.S. enclosure at Aylmer Avenue. This was following on from many afternoons and most of Saturday spent pulling Wragwort from both the C.E.S. enclosure and the Aylmer Clearing enclosure.
  After toilling all afternoon and late into the evening, there was still all of the front of Aylmer to Brushcut at a later date!

C.E.S. net ride before brush cutting on the 31st July 2011.
Photo - Mick Briggs
The same net ride after brush cutting on the 31st July 2011.
Photo - Mick Briggs

C.E.S. net ride before brush cutting on the 31st July 2011.
Photo - Mick Briggs

The same net ride after brush cutting on 31st July 2011.
Photo - Mick Briggs

The brush cutting ringer Mick Briggs about to start work on the 31st July 2011.
Photo - Lynda Briggs

Ringing on 30th Jul 2011

George was again ringing over at the Observatory today assisted by a new face to Gibraltar Point Bird Observatory, in the shape of Mike Hughes. Mike is a trainee from Stickney near Boston and is currently looking towards George to take up his Training.
  They were rewarded with 27 birds processed including 22 New birds and 5 Retraps.

  the catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (1/0) Wren, (2/0) Dunnock, (1/0) Lesser Whitethroat, (4/5) Whitethroat, (1/0) Blackcap, (4/0) Willow Warbler and (9/0) Linnet.

  The Linnet were a welcome addition to the months ringing totals whilst other warbler numbers are slowly but surely starting to increase.

  Hopefully Mike Hughes will become a regular addition to the posts on this Blog.

Ringing on 27th Jul 2011

The weather lifted somewhat today which gave George the opportunity to get over to the Observatory to open up some of the nets for the morning. The result was 7 birds processed including 6 New birds and just 1 Retrap.

  The mornings catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (1/0) Wren, (4/1) Whitethroat and (1/0) Linnet.

Ringing on 26th Jul 2011

George arrived back from his holidays yesterday and today he was straight back to ringing at the Aylmer Avneue rather than the Observatory due to the breeze refusing to drop. The result was just 13 birds processed including 6 New birds and 7 Retraps.

  The days catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (1/0) Robin, (0/1) Blue Tit, (1/6) Great Tit, (1/0) Chaffinch and (3/0) Greenfinch

Ringing on 24th Jul 2011

Just the one bird ringed today when a quick visit was made to ring the Sparrowhawk pullus at Aylmer Avenue. Unfortunately, of the three birds that had been in the nest early in the week, only one big female had survived the appalling rain through much of the previous week.
  This one bird though was fit and well and not too far off fledging so should hopefully be ok.

  Interestingly there were 3 young Sparrowhawks seen branching in the farm yesterday from a nest which we had not discovered untill it was too late to ring them. This is a rare year when two pairs manage to breed on the reserve, less than a mile apart!

C.E.S. No8 23rd Jul 2011

Mick Briggs was today completing session number 8 of the C.E.S. The result was nothing special with just 12 birds processed including 7 New birds and 5 Retraps, although the weather was nothing short of horrendous with breezy conditions and threatening rain from the get go, making opening other nets impossible.

  The days catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (0/1) Wren, (1/2) Dunnock, (2/0) Whitethroat, (1/0) Garden Warbler, (1/0) Chiffchaff, (1/0) Willow Warbler and (1/2) Blue Tit.

  The Garden Warbler was just the second of the year after one in the Spring (22nd of April). This could be classed as the first proper Autumn migrant caught by the Observatory this year as they rarely appear before completing their post juvenile moult and as such must be on actuall migration when they come through the reserve.

  Whilst a lot of the breeding species of bird seem to have faired badly with the dry Spring and then overly wet Summer, Wragwort seems to have really enjoyed the very wet conditions of June and July with the plant flowering in seemingly endless numbers across much of the reserve at the moment. (See photo below) A major management plan is about to start to tackle this invasive plant and re-address the balance.
  The ringers are also going to be pulling vast ammounts of this plant over the next few weeks before the net rides can be brushcut back to a nice low level, so to catch all those Willow Warblers which always seem to be in the bottom shelf on any net ride during August. Wragwort you see has to be pulled out by hand to really stop it in it's tracks.

Garden Warbler ringed on 23rd July 2011 - the first of the Autumn.
Photo - Mick Briggs

Wragwort seems to have exploded over much of the dunes and grassland habitat on the reserve this summer.
The view through to Measures on 23rd July 2011.
 Photo - Mick Briggs

Ringing on 22nd Jul 2011

With George's continued absence from the Reserve, the ringing totals have certainly taken a dive. He is currently on holiday on "Sule Skerry" (off Northern Scotland). Ringing as many Seabirds as time will allow.

  Today though Mike Polling paid us another visit, this time choosing to ring over at the Observatory although the result might not have been what he would of expected! He was poorly rewarded for his efforts with just 5 birds processed although all 5 were New birds.

  The catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (2/0) Meadow Pipit, (2/0) Whitethroat and (1/0) Willow Warbler.

  Good effort Mike!, the whole of the observatory team and especially myself really do appreciate your effort and support.

C.E.S. No7 10th Jul 2011

Mike Briggs and Dave Vincent again conducted the C.E.S. at Aylmer Avenue with today being session number 7. The result was a respectable 71 birds processed including 42 New birds and 29 Retraps.

  The catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (4/1) Wren, (5/3) Dunnock, (0/1) Robin, (1/0) Blackbird, (1/0) Sedge Warbler, (2/1) Reed Warbler, (2/0) Lesser Whitethroat, (5/4) Whitethroat, (2/0) Blackcap, (1/0) Chiffchaff, (3/0) Willow Warbler, (3/2) Blue Tit, (6/12) Great Tit, (0/1) Magpie, (6/3) Chaffinch and (1/1) Greenfinch.

  This was a pretty good result for session 7 of the C.E.S. although we did have some other nets open besides the C.E.S. nets.

Ringing on 5th Jul 2011

Mike Polling paid us a visit today, ringing at Aylmer Avenue and was rewarded with 34 birds processed including 11 New birds and 23 Retraps! Not much of a reward but good effort anyway Mike.

  The catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (1/0) Great Spotted Woodpecker, (1/0) Wren, (2/0) Dunnock, (1/0) Robin, (4/2) Whitethroat, (0/1) Blue Tit, (0/17) Great Tit, (1/0) Treecreeper, (0/2) Chaffinch, (1/0) Greenfinch and (0/1) Goldfinch.

  The Treecreeper was the fourth of the year and the second this summer for Mike. Possible they did breed on the reserve? it is difficult to say definitively. Certainly they must of been bred nearby?

Ringing on 27th Jun 2011

George was over at the Observatory but with only limited rewards. There were just 10 birds processed including 7 New birds and 3 Retraps.

  The catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (2/0) Dunnock, (4/3) Whitethroat and (1/0) Chiffchaff.

C.E.S. No6 26th Jun 2011

Double Effort day today with the C.E.S. being done by Mick Briggs and Dave Vincent at Aylmer and George continuing his efforts over at the Observatory. The result was a much improved 95 birds processed including 62 New birds and 33 Retraps.

  The days catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (4/0) Swallow, (5/0) Wren, (6/1) Dunnock, (1/0) Robin, (1/0) Reed Warbler, (3/0) Lesser Whitethroat, (13/5) Whitethroat, (2/0) Chiffchaff, (1/1) Willow Warbler, (4/3) Long Tailed Tit, (1/0) Coal Tit, (6/1) Blue Tit, (3/17) Great Tit, (1/0) Jackdaw, (6/3) Chaffinch, (1/0) Greenfinch, (3/2) Goldfinch and (1/0) Linnet.

  A much improved result with the four Swallow being a brood of pullus ringed in the entrance to Jacksons Lagoon Hide.

Jackdaw ringed on 26th June 2011.
Photo - Mick Briggs

Ringing on 25th Jun 2011

Just the one bird ringed today - an Avocet which had become apparently stuck in the Mud on Jacksons Lagoon! This has happened before with Young Avocets getting stuck in ruts in the mud, although usually they don't get spotted untill management work is carried out on the Lagoons, by which time it is too late to be of any help.

  Upon visiting the bird on the Lagoon it was found to be fine and apparently just dehydrated, so it was quickly ringed and left where it was to the attention of its parents. Hopefully it will survive through to fledging. Unfortunetly due to the birds apparent condition and the need for a speedy visit, it was not photographed.

Ringing on 24th Jun 2011

Still very quiet today with George catching just 4 birds including 2 New Whitethroats and 2 Retrap Whitehroats.

  Hopefully this quiet spell won't last long?

Ringing on 23rd Jun 2011

Poor results today for all of George efforts at the Observatory with just 4 birds processed including just 1 New bird and 3 Retraps.

  The catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (1/0) Wren, (0/1) Whitethroat and (0/2) Goldifnch.

Ringing on 21st Jun 2011

Mike Polling paid us a visit today ringing at Aylmer Avenue whilst George continued his efforts over at the Observatory. This resulted in an improved 47 birds processed including 27 New birds and 20 retraps.

  The days ctach was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (2/0) Wren, (2/3) Dunnock, (2/0) Robin, (3/1) Whitehroat, (2/0) Chiffchaff, (1/0) Blue Tit, (4/11) Great Tit, (1/0) Treecreeper, (2/0) Magpie, (6/2) Chaffinch, (1/1) Greenfinch and (1/2) Goldfinch.

  The Treecreeper was the third of the year and the first of the Summer, probably a post breeding dispersing youngster rather than a bird born on the reserve.

Ringing on 20th Jun 2011

George was ringing over at the Observatory today and was rewarded with 16 birds processed, including 9 New bidrs and 7 Retraps.

  The catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (0/1) Wren, (2/1) Dunnock, (1/0) Robin, (5/1) Whitethroat, (0/2) Blue Tit, (0/1) Great Tit and (1/1) Chaffinch.

C.E.S. No5 19th Jun 2011

  Today Mick Briggs and his eager apprentice Dave Vincent carried on with the C.E.S. with visit number five whilst George opened up over at the Observatory. The result for the day was 26 birds processed including 25 New and 11 Retraps.

  The days catch was made up thus (New/Retrap) - (2/1) Dunnock, (4/0) Robin, (0/1) Blackbird, (1/0) Reed Warbler, (4/0) Lesser Whitethroat, (4/3) Whitethroat, (1/1) Blackcap, (2/1) Chiffchaff, (0/4) Willow Warbler, (1/0) Long Tailed Tit, (5/0) Chaffinch and (1/0) Greenfinch.

  Not the worst day ever for the time of year although the breeding season does not seem to be the best ever.