Wednesday, 30 November 2011
It was found on 23rd September 2011, at Vistanvagen, Soderudden, Vaasa, Finland - 653 days after it was ringed in Bedford - a distance of 1775km in a North Easterly direction.
Details of the ringing session this bird was caught on can be found here (it was the first bird caught that day).
Sunday, 27 November 2011
On Friday 25th November, a ringing session at Harrold-Odell Country Park resulted in no birds being ringed. Now that most of the leaves in the bushes have fallen, the area that in summer was home to a wide variety of birds, was very quiet. Redwings were eating the berries in the bushes along the edge of the lake. A group of Fieldfares was in the tops of the taller trees. Out on the lake a large group of Wigeon was very active; it was nice to watch a Goldeneye also. But our ringing area was deserted.
By Saturday 26th, the wind had really picked up in strength. Santa was in his grotto upstairs at Bromham Mill, but outside the wind made mist-netting difficult. A group of children sang Christmas carols, much to the delight of an appreciative crowd. Just two birds were caught - with one Blue Tit ringed and one retrapped (originally ringed on 25/6/11).
The forecast for Sunday 27th was for strong winds in the morning, then becoming calmer during the afternoon. As a result a planned morning ringing session at Marston Vale Millennium Country Park was postponed to the afternoon. The wind was still fairly strong at 2pm, but by 3pm it was a really pleasant, sunny, afternoon. Once again there were some dragonflies taking advantage of the warm weather; several kept on landing on both Mike and me.
Several Cetti's Warblers were heard, a Chinese Water Deer was seen and a Water Rail was flushed from the grass near the Pillinge. The Geese are still absent. The aim had been to ring Reed Buntings before they went to roost, but only one was ringed and there was no obvious gathering of others in the area. Totals for the day were as follows (with retraps shown in brackets):
- Reed Bunting 1
- Cetti's Warbler 0 (+1 retrap - first ringed on 13/11/11)
- Robin 1
- Wren 1 (+1 retrap - first ringed on 29/8/11)
- Total: 3 (+2 retraps)
Sunday, 20 November 2011
- Wren 2 (+ 1 retrap, ringed in October 2011)
- Long-tailed Tit 7
- Blue Tit 11
- Great Tit 2
- Cetti's Warbler 1
- Reed Bunting 9
- Blackbird 1
- Total 33 (+ 1 retrap)
The black head covering of male Reed Buntings is beginning to emerge, as the brown tips to the feathers wear away. Thank to Neil Wright for the photos below, with a male (top and centre) and a female (below).
A Sparrowhawk flew over and about 20 Lapwings. Yet again no Geese at all. Thank you to Neil for helping.
On Sunday 20th November, David and I ringed at Bedfordshire Golf Club, Stagsden. It was a foggy, damp, morning and the sun didn't break through into about midday. A bacon bap from the Halfway House was very welcome! Totals ringed were:
- Robin (+1 retrap, ringed in December 2010)
- Goldfinch 1
- Nuthatch 1 (pictured right with David and also below)
- Great Tit 1 (+ retrap, ringed in October 2010)
- Total 3 (+ 2 retraps)
We saw one or more Great Spotted Woodpeckers and several Treecreeepers. A flock of at least 10 Long-tailed Tits came through the wood.
Sunday, 13 November 2011
- Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
- Blue Tit 4 (+ 4 retraps)
- Great Tit 4 (+ 1 retrap)
- Coal Tit (1 retrap)
- Dunnock (1 retrap)
- Goldfinch 2
- Wren 1
- Total 12 (+ 7 retraps)
Then on Sunday 13th November, I went to Marston Vale Millennium Country Park. The numbers of birds caught were low, but the quality was really high! Totals ringed were:
- Wren 3
- Cetti's Warbler 2
- Bearded Tit 1
- Total 6
Though there have been Bearded Tits present in the Country Park, we have not previously seen any in the area while we've been ringing. At least two were present, but just one caught and ringed. It was a definitely a male, possibly a young bird but we were not certain. This was the first Bearded Tit ringed by Ivel Ringing Group. See photo to the left and below to the right.Other birds seen at Marston included: Teal, Little Grebe, Peregrine Falcon, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels, large flock of Lapwing, Yellowhammer, Reed Buntings, Redwings, good numbers of Skylarks overhead. A Red-breasted Merganser was also on the pool. A Dragonfly (spot the dragonfly on the reed stalk below; sorry - not sure of the species) was an unexpected sighting. Thank you Neil, David and Phil for your help today.
Photos of Wren and Cetti's Warbler by Phil Candlish http://www.philcandlishphotography.co.uk
Monday, 7 November 2011
Part way through the morning, I could hear singing coming from nearby. It was unusual, but not unpleasant. Not much later two police 'panda' cars parked at the entrance to the mill. Two others also turned up as well as an ambulance, all with their lights flashing. It turns out that an African religious group have been meeting for evening services by the river bank, combined with baptising (or maybe washing away sins/spiritual cleansing) in the River Ouse. Now the clocks have gone back, they had decided to meet on the Saturday morning instead. Someone saw this and misinterpreted what was going on. Hence the arrival of the emergency services!
Totals ringed for the day were (with retraps in brackets):
Other photos: Coal Tit (3rd from top, on the right), Chaffinch (lower right).
Thank you to Adrian Fett for the photos of the Chaffinch and Blackcap.On Sunday 6th November I went back to Marston Vale Millennium Country Park, to see (in particular) what might be coming in to roost. With a northerly breeze, the temperate was low. The numbers of birds ringed was much less than on Saturday, but the ringing of the Cetti's Warbler, one of the 'star birds' of the site, more than made up for this. Totals ringed were as shown below (no birds were retrapped):
- Blue Tit 1
- Cetti's Warbler 1
- Wren 1
- Total: 3
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Total numbers of birds ringed during these sessions are listed below, with retraps shown in brackets.
- Tawny Owl 1
- Meadow Pipit 1 (photo below - ringed at Marston C.P. on 29/10/11)
- Wren 5
- Dunnock 3 (4)
- Robin 4
- Blackbird 2
- Song Thrush 1
- Redwing 1
- Blackcap 1
- Goldcrest 2
- Long-tailed Tit 11
- Marsh Tit 1
- Coal Tit 1
- Blue Tit 43 (15)
- Great Tit 15 (9)
- Chaffinch 3
- Greenfinch 1
- Goldfinch 4
- Bullfinch 2 (1)
- Reed Bunting 9
- TOTAL: 113 of 20 species (plus 29 retraps of 4 species)
Most of the retraps were birds ringed in the summer or early autumn. The sole retrap ringed before this year was the Bullfinch retrapped at Cardington, originally ringed there on 27/12/2010.
Thank you to the other ringers and helpers for your assistance during the month. Here's hoping for a great November!