Ringing Course.

We are running this course again from Thursday August 8th (pm) until Sunday August 11th (midday). It is aimed at existing permit holders in order to provide them with further experience or assessment for permit upgrades. Contact Ian Hunter at sbbotmail@gmail.com for details.

Wednesday 20th

The glorious daytime conditions tempted a large flock of ringers out. The wind was light, as earlier forecasts had suggested, and id not get up until late morning. This meant good net coverage was possible and some more essential tasks were completed.

Thirty one birds were processed of which ten were new. Woodpigeon was new for the year and, as is often the case at this time of year, Chaffinch was the most common with three new and six retraps. An eight year old Reed Bunting put in its second appearance of the year, having not been seen for five years before.

Saturday 16th

Thanks to North Thames Gull Group who colour ring gulls at Pitsea and provided this map for a bird photographed on the beach here. It was ringed at Pitsea on 21/3/2015 and last seen at Little Marlow, Bucks. on 12/3/2016.

Recovery Map for Herring Gull GV15778

Tuesday 5th

A quiet day unfortunately with only 16 birds. Finches led the way again. There’s been a reasonable turnover of them this winter which shows how birds continue to move outside of the typical migration seasons.

Monday 4th

No ringing today but the Warden managed to read the metal BTO ring on a Woodpigeon at the Observatory feeders, only to find out it was ringed by himself two years ago.

Sunday 3rd

The first ringing session of the month provided a nice surprise in the form of a female Kestrel. Further variety was added by Green Woodpecker and Jay whilst seven Greenfinches was a high tally for these parts.