Thursday, 29 January 2009

FS - Thurs 29th Jan

Jason has returned from his two year stay in Vilnius; so he joined EN to continue his training.
Aberrant primary moult - female Great Tit

This partial moult was first noticed on the primary coverts - air force blue versus sooty-grey plus abrasion.

First net round was at 10:00 and the last at 12:00. A 40' at the old feeders & a 30' at the new feeders. Some squirrel activity. 28 birds netted of which 12 were new birds (and 16 were re-traps)

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker

Today's tally was (new/rt):
Grswo 1/0 (a male, see photos), Dunno 0/1, Robin 0/1, Lotti 0/5, Bluti 2/6 (incl. 2 from Box 1), Greti 8/3 (6 new ad.M, 2 new imm.F & 2 new ad.F), Treec 1/0. The number of new Greti was not expected; they probably come from further afield than the immediate park, drawn in to the feeders ("civilisation") as the winter progresses.

Treecreeper (JRC)

We need some new 'Woodcrete' style nest boxes of both hole sizes (CJW's are cheaper @ £20) and to have them erected by the end of next month. The 'peckers may leave them alone, then.
Quantity needed - 10, and another 10 for next year? The wooden boxes have been up 7 years now and quickly becoming useless.

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