Saturday, 31 May 2014
May has been a busy month for the birds whether they've been constructing nests, incubating eggs or feeding young (or all 3!). With the mild winter and good weather through April into May, there were signs aplenty that young would be fledging from the nest early this year. But has it proved to be that way?
Ringing results so far this year at Sandy Smith Nature Reserve:
(species that I can expect to catch juveniles)
Great Spotted Woodpecker = 8 adults, 0 juveniles
Wren = 8 adults, 0 juveniles
Dunnock = 5 adults, 2 juveniles (28/05/14 - earliest site record, previous 12/06/11)
Robin = 1 adult, 0 juveniles
Blackbird = 5 adults, 0 juveniles
Sedge Warbler = 10 adults, 0 juveniles
Whitethroat = 16 adults, 0 juveniles
Garden Warbler = 6 adults, 0 juveniles
Blackcap = 15 adults, 0 juveniles
Chiffchaff = 7 adults, 0 juveniles
Goldcrest = 0 adults, 1 juvenile (29/05/14 - earliest site record, previous 21/09/13)
Long Tailed Tit = 6 adults, 2 juveniles (29/05/14 - earliest site record, previous 28/06/13)
Blue Tit = 10 adults, 0 juveniles
Great Tit = 10 adults, 6 juveniles (29/05/14 - earliest site record, previous 30/05/11)
Chaffinch = 7 adults, 0 juveniles
Above: This Chiffchaff is a British ringed control caught on 18 & 31/05/14.
First ringing details not yet known.
Above: A juvenile Robin
Despite the recent heavy rains, I'm optomistic that this will still turn out to be a good breeding year. It's still early in the year and there's a lot more juveniles to catch up with on both these sites.