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August 31st

The rain clearly did not stop early enough for many birds to move. Thirty one birds were ringed including 16 Blackcaps. The latter appear to be in good condition with plenty of fat 3 and 4’s. Also of interest today was our second Grasshopper Warbler of the autumn which was slowly guided into the heligoland trap. It was unusual in that it was an adult bird. We also ringed an adult Lesser Whitethroat. Probably more than 99% of the warblers ringed here in the autumn are juveniles.

August 30th

It was not raining first thing but the strength of the wind and the forecast threat of rain prevented ringing. Instead some interesting recent recoveries.

The first involves a Blackbird ringed here on October 19th 2015, a time when winter migrants are arriving from the north. It was caught on the 11th June this year in Ostergotland, Sweden 1189km to the NE.

Secondly a Reed Warbler ringed as a juvenile on 2nd August 2015 in Northumberland and caught here this year on August 11th, so its 3rd journey to Africa.

August 29th

What breeze there was shifted and there was thin high cloud making it very humid. The change was enough to bring a wave of Blackcaps with 92 amongst a total of 127 new birds. Chiffchaffs are beginning to catch up with Willow Warblers ( six v nine).

August 28th

The same beautiful conditions and so it remains quiet. Twenty-one new birds included 15 Blackcaps.

August 27th

The continued calm warm weather resulted in a continued decrease in migrants on the ground. It was a big team effort as activity was kept going all day for the Open Day. Ninety birds were ringed. The highlight was the first Tree Pipit of the year. Blackcap was the commonest with 24. An indication of how successful the House Sparrows have been was the ringing of 14 of these, this despite the number of pulli already ringed in the nest boxes.

August 26th

Another calm morning and although there were less ringers we still got 79 new birds. This included 45 Blackcaps. They are moving in numbers about three weeks earlier than last year. It will be interesting to see if they finish earlier or if this is the result of successful and early breeding and they continue migrating to the usual dates. For the first time there were large numbers of Swallows and House Martins around but it was a bit warm for them to come low enough for us. The weather looks set fair for tonight and tomorrow when we have the SBBOT Open Day.

August 25th

Similar conditions led to more Blackcaps arriving and 53 were ringed amongst a total of 76 new birds.

August 24th

As often happens a slight change in the weather, from south-east to north-west gentle breeze, brought in more birds. Sixty six were ringed. Blackcaps have started and there were 38 but Willow warblers ticked along with 16. Two Spotted Flycatchers were the bonus.

August 23rd

Another glorious, slightly overcast, gentle south-east breeze morning. Hopefully migrants are keeping going as there was no increase in the ringing area ( although an arrival of Blackcaps was reported half a mile inland). Fifty nine birds were ringed but 41 of these were Starlings. A young male Redstart was a bonus.

The tale of the Stone Curlew has been unravelled. Photos confirmed it as a bird of the year. This means it was ringed on Salisbury Plain this year. Interestingly it came to us via Cheshire where its colour rings were also noted.

August 22nd

Early hopes were soon dispelled. Overnight it was overcast and any light breeze was from the south-east. To add to this most of the team could not make it in this morning.All this leads to ideal conditions we thought. One person kept going all morning and caught 46 new birds. This indicated autumn is advancing as it included 18 Blackcaps and two Goldcrests.

Belated thanks to Martin Collins who took the trouble to report the colour rings he could see on the Stone Curlew in Pegwell. We have checked with the UK coordinator of Stone Curlew colour ringing and we may need a bit more detail on the bird. Can it be confirmed as immature? and is there any other ring apart from the green and the black one?

August 21st

Early drizzle delayed the start and the overnight conditions did not encourage migration. Proceedings were brought to an early end by the thick smoke from a neighbours 8 o’clock bonfire! There was no evidence of movement with only four new Willow Warblers plus a retrap of one ringed two weeks ago. A Pied Flycatcher, the first this year, on the last round raised hopes for tomorrow as the weather settles.

August 20th

A bright light was shone across the ringing doldrums when a Kingfisher stopped by. It was a young male presumably kicked out of home and searching for viable territory. There were 18 other new birds including six Willow Warblers.

It is notable that the only controls (birds ringed at other places) this autumn showed up a week ago when there was an obvious arrival.

August 19th

Sixteen new birds included eight Willow Warblers but it remains incredibly quiet.

August 18th

More of the same and birds continue to dwindle. Only eight new birds were possible today.

August 17th

The unsettled weather continues to disrupt and there was no ringing this morning.

August 15th

A lovely calm morning with a bit of cloud started well with a Nightingale on the first round. By the end of the session we had ringed 79 birds. This included 26 Willow Warblers and 18 Reed Warblers. Blackcaps are slowly increasing with eight today. Suprisingly considering the big increase in Robins ticking away from the bushes only one new one was caught. There are still several adult Whitethroats around who are in the process of completing their post-breeding moult.

August 14th

The pattern continues and there was a big drop in nthe number of new arrivals. Only 28 birds were ringed but this did include another Spotted Flycatcher.

August 13th

More good conditions here but unsettled away from here resulted in a further slight drop to 104 new birds. Thirty moreWillow warblers led the way.

August 12th

Another calm day but there was more unsettled weather to the north and west. One hundred and fifteen birds were ringede. This included the first Sand Martin (we seem to have missed the main passage of these) and Spotted Flycatcher of the autumn. Blackcaps seem to be getting ready to go and six of these were ringed.

August 11th

A lovely clear night and morning meant migrants started leaving overnight and many took a break on our coast. This meant the first day of the ringing course was busy. 217 birds were ringed. 18 Garden Warblers were particularly notable and 80 Reed Warblers a return to previous form. Grasshopper Warbler was new for the year.

August 10th

No ringing this morning due to wind and showers however another colour ring sighting of interest.

Summary of rings for individual:                       36548

Colour    Code of ring    Leg        Ringing scheme    Metal ring          Age of bird       Ringing date    Ringing location    Ringer

White     3RPA           left           Bruxelles     E923525        pullus            28/06/2015  Total, Antwerpen, province of Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,15N 4,19E          Flamant, Renaud

Sightings for individual:                                  36548

White      3RPA     v           12/10/2015 Audresselles, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE  50,49N 1,35E Steudtner, Jürgen

White      3RPA     p          07/02/2016 Playa de Penarronda, Tapia de Casariego, Asturias, SPAIN  43,33N 6,59W Jardón, Gilberto S.

White      3RPA     v           13/03/2016 Sada, A Coruña, SPAIN  43,21N 8,15W López Porto, Antonio

White      3RPA     v           07/10/2016 Audresselles, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE  50,49N 1,35E Steudtner, Jürgen

White      3RPA     v           09/10/2016 Audresselles, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE  50,49N 1,35E Steudtner, Jürgen

White      3RPA     p          10/01/2017 Santa Cruz de Oleiros, Ria A Coruña, SPAIN  43,21N 8,21W López Porto, Antonio

White      3RPA     p          02/02/2017 Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN  43,32N 5,39W Villar Sordo, Juan

White      3RPA     p          02/02/2017 Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN  43,32N 5,39W Julián Rufino Gómez

White      3RPA     p          06/02/2017 Playa San Lorenzo, Gijón, Asturias, SPAIN  43,32N 5,39W Fernandez Gonzalez, César

White      3RPA     v           27/05/2017 Barbâtre, Polder de Sebastopol, Vendée, FRANCE  46,56N 2,09W Poisson, Olivier

White      3RPA     v           27/05/2017 Barbâtre, Polder de Sebastopol, Vendée, FRANCE  46,56N 2,09W Poisson, Eliaz

White      3RPA     v           30/06/2017 Barbâtre, Polder de Sebastopol, Vendée, FRANCE  46,56N 2,09W Le Dreff, Alain

White      3RPA     v           30/06/2017 Barbâtre, Polder de Sebastopol, Vendée, FRANCE  46,56N 2,09W Le Gall, François

White      3RPA     v           30/06/2017 Barbâtre, Polder de Sebastopol, Vendée, FRANCE  46,56N 2,09W Marty, Régis

White      3RPA     v           30/06/2017 Barbâtre, Polder de Sebastopol, Vendée, FRANCE  46,56N 2,09W Perrot, Annaick

White      3RPA     v           30/06/2017 Barbâtre, Polder de Sebastopol, Vendée, FRANCE  46,56N 2,09W Perrot, Jean Roger

White      3RPA     v           30/07/2017 Pegwell bay, near Ramsgate, Kent, GB  51,19N 1,22E Walton, Steffan

Total number of sightings :                        17

August 9th

The settled starts to the morning continue and 49 birds were ringed before the breeze and sun made conditions unsuitable. This included 32 Willow Warblers and six Whitethroats. Hopefully the Willow Warblers are a reflection of a successful breeding season to the north of us.

August 8th

A short session before the rain arrived was worth it Forty-four new birds included 23 Willow Warblers and a Redstart. Robins appear to be finishing their moult as one or two new ones are ticking away each morning.

August 7th

Yet more Willow Warblers dropped in, this time 45 were ringed. Also of note was the first Sand Martin of the autumn.

Below is the history of the colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit from the Scrape- it is quite a story!

RO-YGflag was ringed as an adult male (top line is ringing) and has been recorded since at:

20.02.07 Sarilhos Grandes (Espinhosa W), Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Portugal

26.03.07 Landje van Geijsel, Ouderkerk a/d Amstel, Noord-Holland, W Neth

01.04.07 Landje van Geijsel, Ouderkerk a/d Amstel, Noord-Holland, W Neth

15.07.07 Rainham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

11.08.07 Rainham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

14.08.07 Rainham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

30.08.07 Rainham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

03.10.07 Montijo, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

14.11.07 Baixa, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

24.11.07 Hortas, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

04.12.07 Samouco Restinga, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

09.01.08 Montijo, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

16.01.08 Lançada East, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

22.01.08 Samouco V.Canto, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

07.02.08 Espinhosa, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

16.02.08 Moita Boavista, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

18.02.08 Samora Correia, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

07.03.08 Samouco V.Pinheirinhos, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

04.04.08 Landje van Geijsel, Ouderkerk a/d Amstel, Noord-Holland, W Neth

20.08.08 Otterham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

23.08.08 Otterham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

30.08.08 Cement Works, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

03.09.08 Otterham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

06.09.08 Otterham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

08.09.08 Seixal Tank, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

24.01.09 Seixal Tank, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

18.02.09 Samora Correia, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

23.02.09 Samora Correia, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

27.02.09 Montijo, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

03.03.09 Samora Correia, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

15.03.09 Landje van Geijsel, Ouderkerk a/d Amstel, Noord-Holland, W Neth

19.03.09 Landje van Geijsel, Ouderkerk a/d Amstel, Noord-Holland, W Neth

29.03.09 Landje van Geijsel, Ouderkerk a/d Amstel, Noord-Holland, W Neth

10.08.09 Otterham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

13.08.09 Rainham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

17.08.09 Rainham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

26.09.09 Rainham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

29.09.09 Riverside County Park, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

30.09.09 Rainham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

06.10.09 Rainham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

16.10.09 Montijo, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

15.02.10 Moita, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

18.03.10 Landje van Geijsel, Ouderkerk a/d Amstel, Noord-Holland, W Neth

14.08.10 Rainham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

15.08.10 Rainham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

16.08.10 Rainham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

17.08.10 Rainham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

24.08.10 Otterham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

29.08.10 Bartlett Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

18.09.10 Rainham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

20.09.10 Rainham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

24.09.10 Otterham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

26.09.10 Otterham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

29.09.10 Rainham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

14.02.11 Ze do Pinho, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

22.02.11 Montijo, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

07.08.11 Motney Hill, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

27.08.11 Otterham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

29.08.11 Otterham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

12.02.12 Hortas, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

15.02.12 Hortas, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

20.02.12 Espinhosa, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

23.02.12 Sarilhos, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

10.08.12 Alkborough Flats, Humber estuary, Lincolnshire, E Eng

20.08.12 Otterham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

07.10.12 Barrage de la Caserne, Mont-Saint-Michel, Basse-Normandie, N Fra

04.11.12 Seixal Tank, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

01.08.13 Ballysadare Bay, Co. Sligo, NW Ireland

06.08.13 Motney Hill, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

03.10.13 Corroios, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

18.10.13 Enguias Tanks, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

18.10.13 Enguias Tanks, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

05.02.14 Giganta, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

06.02.14 Giganta, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

07.02.14 Giganta, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

11.02.14 Giganta, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

16.02.14 Montijo, Tagus Estuary, Setúbal, W Por

10.03.14 Honselersdijk Griendplas, Westland, Zuid Holland, S Ned

17.08.14 Rainham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

15.09.14 Genêts, Mont Saint Michel, Lower Normandy, NW Fra

19.09.14 Genêts, Mont Saint Michel, Lower Normandy, NW Fra

25.09.14 Genêts, Mont Saint Michel, Lower Normandy, NW Fra

28.02.15 Landje van Geijsel, Ouderkerk a/d Amstel, Noord-Holland, W Neth

06.04.16 Berkel en Rodenrijs, Delft, Zuid Holland, W Neth

20.08.16 Otterham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

21.08.16 Otterham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

03.09.16 Otterham Creek, Medway Estuary, Kent, SE Eng

06.08.17 Restharrow Scrape, Sandwich Bay, Kent, SE Eng

 

August 6th

Clear skies and calmer conditions to the north of us meant that birds started moving and there was a good arrival at the Bay. 85 Willow Warblers made a significant contribution to a total of 109 new birds.There was also a Wood Warbler, six Reed Warblers and four Sedge Warblers.

Another colour ring sighting today. This time a Black-tailed Godwit on the Scrape. More details when we get them but it is a Portuguese colour combination. Keep those sightings coming!

August 5th

A calm morning but the previous unsettled weather seems to have deterred much migration. Thirty birds were ringed including 13 Willow Warblers and two each of Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler and Blackcap.

August 4th

WATCH OUT!

No ringing today but a heads up to watch out for colour ringed birds. Over the last couple of weeks the German ringed Spoonbill returned for the third year. A Mediterranean Gull colour ring has been traced back to Poland and there are at least five more out there who have not been read yet. One of the Roseate Terns had a metal ring on each leg which is apparently a combination used on at least Coquet Island. Do let us know if you can add to this list.

August 2nd

Overnight cloud brought in some more Willow Warblers but the general outlook was very unsettled and there was little accompanying them. Thirty-one Willow Warblers, three Whitethroats and two Lesser Whitethroats were ringed.

August 1st

A beautiful calm morning meant there was a small arrival of migrants.78 birds were ringed including 38 Willow Warblers, eight Reed Warblers, seven Sedge Warblers and five Whitethroats. The bonus ball was a young male Sparrowhawk.

 


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