Sunday, 29 June 2008

CES - visit 6, 28/06

Back to business!
Today's session started off badly with sunshine and wind. It did pick up as time went by and got quite busy towards the end, what with newly fledged birds.
The totals are (new adult, new juv, retrapped):Whitethroat 2/-/- (males), Chiff -/3/-, Blackbird -/-/2, Wren 1/4/1 (a good day), Blackcap 2/4/1 (a very good day), Dunnock -/2/1, Gt.Tit -/1/- (wot! no ring!), Song Thrush 1/-/-, Robin -/1/-, and lastly, Kingfisher -/1/- ( the first in the 'rough' since 1995).
And some piccies by Ed:

Main fascination today was Swifts overhead (early) and then a Collared Dove toing-and-froing with nest materials (was going backwards & forwards all morning building the largest Collared Dove nest in history! - Ed).

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Tern delight!

A visit to HOCP today with Martin produced 7 Common Tern juveniles.

Above: 4 congregating in the corner of the platform

Above: Standing tall & proud

Above: With the ring on

Friday, 13 June 2008

CES - visit 5

Friday the 13th - it's never all bad!

Five nets up in fine weather. Todays tally was 27 of which 9 were retraps and only 7 were adults. Things are picking up at last!.
Wren 2 juv (1 male)
Dunno 1 juv (1 female)
Robin 2 Juvs - one of each sex
Blabi (1 male)
Leswh 1 male - stonking BP for a male, caught out trainees!
White 1 male - superb looking job for a 5
Garwa 1 female (1 male)
Blaca 3 juv (1 juv - from prev CES)
Chiff 5 juvs - at least 2 were males (photo of 3 below)

Lotti 2 juv (2 juv)
Bluti 1 juv - not from a nest box, perhaps a bat box?
Greti (1 juv - from box 3)

Next catch will be last weekend of the month.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

South Beds

Here in South Beds we are still active. Photo of 1j skylark found while looking for lapwing pullus


Tuesday 10th
Set 2 long lines down behind the 'sheep pen' this morning with the help of 2 trainees.
A reasonable effort - Wren 1fem/- (3J in '06), STAR BIRD Dunnock 6/2 (5 males, 2 fem, 1 juv), Robin 1juv/-, Blackie 1 2CY male/-, W/throat -/1male (3J in '07), Garden W -/1fem (last years bird), Blackcap 2/1 (2 fem & r/t male, 3J in '07), Gt.Tit juv & its mum (already ringed), Chaffinch 1juv/-.

Monday, 9 June 2008

CES Visit 4 to Priory CP

Thursday 05/06/08

Standard nets produced 6 birds including 3 retraps in 6 hours. An extra 40' net produced 3 more birds, the best of the day! Errol did some "gardening" to overcome the boredom.

Wren 3/1, Dunnock 1/0 (a juv), Song Thrush 1/0, Lesser Whitethroat 1/0, Whitethroat 0/1 (a tatty 2CY male) & Garden W 1/0 (a female). The combination of recent bad weather & too good weather on the day seems to have affected the catch. Well below par for the site. Are other people finding the same?