Ringing: August 2023

Wednesday 30th Overnight rain seems to have prevented migration and there were just five new birds. Four of these were Blackcaps and the fifth was the first Swallow we have ringed this year. A quick comparison of the monthly total for August this year and for August last year shows a total of 758 new birds this August and 828…

Ringing: July 2023

Sunday 30th It was very windy but there are enough leaves on the bushes to allow some nets to be used. Fourteen birds were ringed two of which were Garden Warblers. Blackcaps continue to show they have had a successful season with another four young ringed. Probably as a result of the very unsettled weather to the west there were…

Ringing: June 2023

Friday 30th A very quiet morning with just new Blackcap and Robin plus retrap Blackcap and Long-tailed Tit. There is unlikely to be much ringing next week as we have some essential maintenance to do. Wednesday 28th A muggy but fairly calm morning produced another selection of young birds. These were two each of Robin, Blackbird and Whitethroat plus singles…

Ringing: May 2023

Sunday 28th Although the wind had a rest overnight it quickly increased this morning. Four new birds were ringed – Blackbird, Song Thrush and two Starlings. A check of the local House Martin colony was a more positive. I had not expected eight of the 16 boxes to be occupied and with healthy clutches, another four had lined nests. Lets…

Ringing: April 2023

Sunday 30th Another quiet morning which was enlivened by the first Jay of the year. Another new Blackcap suggested that although arriving a bit late they are building up to good numbers. Saturday 29th There was a bit of breeze but not enough to affect ringing. Seven new birds included a Willow Warbler, a Goldfinch, a Dunnock, two House Sparrows…

Ringing: March 2023

Thursday 30th Despite the strength of the wind there were a couple of sites where nets could be used safely. A short session yielded a Firecrest (the first this year), a Song Thrush and a retrap Chaffinch. Monday 27th The morning dawned with only a slight breeze which dropped away allowing a slight frost which was quickly melted away. At…

Ringing: February 2023

Sunday 26th Despite a bitterly cold north-easterly a brief attempt yielded a new Chaffinch plus three retrap Robins and two retrap Starlings. Friday 24th An early frost cleared quickly but the wind moving to north remained cool. The feeders continue to be popular but catches remain small. The new bird today was a female Mallard caught in the heligoland. The…

Ringing: January 2023

  Sunday 29th Overcast with mostly a cool but gentle breeze. Three new birds again, this time a Song Thrush and two Chaffinches. For the first time for a while no House Sparrows. The next task is getting some of the large nest boxes, which have been donated, up. Saturday 28th Good, fairly calm, conditions meant it was possible to…

Ringing: December 2022

Tuesday 27th After a run of mild, damp, and/or windy days this morning dawned clear and a frost formed. It only lasted a couple of hours as cloud rolled in. The bushes were very quiet and only eight birds were caught. Two of these were new, firstly a Chaffinch and finally a Redwing. This could be the last bird ringed…

Ringing: November 2022

Friday 25th Stormy weather limited ringing activity but when conditions allowed birds, particularly thrushes, were still moving. Today was clear and not too breezy, the sun still getting the temperature into double figures and tempting a couple of Common Darters out in the Whitehouse. There were plenty of thrushes around but most were busy feeding in the isolated bushes and…