Tuesday, 6 December 2011

November round-up

November has been interesting, but also challenging. Strong winds have either prevented ringing on some occasions, or restricted what had been planned. With the leaves fast coming off the trees, some sites are becoming more exposed to the wind and less attractive to birds. The numbers of birds ringed and the variety of species handled hides several sessions that resulted in no birds processed or just a few.

During this month, I've ringed at Bromham Mill, Bedfordshire Golf Club at Stagsden, Harrold-Odell Country Park and Marston Vale Millennium Country Park. The total numbers of birds ringed during these sessions are listed below, with retraps shown in brackets.

  • Great Spotted Woodpecker 1

  • Wren 8 (+2)

  • Dunnock (+1)

  • Robin 1 (+1)

  • Blackbird 1

  • Cetti's Warbler 4 (+1)

  • Blackcap 1

  • Bearded Tit 1

  • Long-tailed Tit 7

  • Coal Tit (+2)

  • Blue Tit 47 (+7)

  • Great Tit 14 (+3)

  • Nuthatch 2

  • Chaffinch 1

  • Goldfinch 3

  • Reed Bunting 10

  • Total 101 (+17), Grand Total of 118 birds of 16 species
Most of the retraps were birds ringed this summer or autumn; the two exceptions to this were:

  • A Great Tit ringed at Bromham Mill on 7/12/10 and retrapped for the first time since then on 12/11/11.

  • A Great Tit ringed at Bedfordshire Golf Club, Stagsden, on 26/10/10 and retrapped there on 20/11/11.

Thank you to the other ringers and helpers for their assistance during November. Let's hope the weather allows us to get out and about during December.

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