A murky but calm start to the day resulted in some ringing being possible. Eight new birds and 24 retraps were caught. A Fieldfare was the new highlight. Three retrap Yellowhammers, from previous years, demonstrated the value of maintaining feeding stations.
I did my best to organise a ringing group am.dram. performance of a Brian Rix farce from which we emerged linnetless but grinning. Ten Starlings did decend on the trap to provide a bit of consolation.
BAZ would like to report that rumours of his demise were premature. He was photographed in the car park on the 17th and was on the feeders yesterday. This does leave the question of what he has been upto since mid-September. He had finished his moult by then.
Once again an intersting variety. Six new birds included a Blackcap and a Brambling. Retraps included a Sparrowhawk and a Goldcrest.
Not much activity around the feeders and only 12 birds caught at the observatory. Five of these were retrap Long-tailed Tits which were notable because they came from four separate ring sequences, all done on the estate but at separate times. They also brought a new Chiffchaff with them.
Anyway this quite spell means there will be plenty of opportunity for us to get on with rebuilding the boarwalk.
Still no sighting of BAZ but two interesting sightings from elsewhere of our ringed birds. The first involves a Fulmar where the first six characters of the ring have been read so far on a bird at Foreness. If the last character is sorted we will know which one of four birds it was. They were all ringed on the same day- 15th April 1999- in the Palm Bay area.
The second involves a Song Thrush ringed as an adult on autumn migration here on September 29th 2015 and caught this year on October 21st at Landguard BO in Suffolk.
Where is BAZ?
Readers may remember that BAZ was the male House Sparrow who nested in one of the boxes on the observatory and was the most regularly sighted of all the colour ringed sparrows. Sadly he has not been seen since September. Is he a victim of the regular visits by the Sparrowhawk? Hopefully with increasing numbers of people sitting in the observatory as the weather turns more wintery someone will look out and note him along with all the other sparrows using the feeders.
Apologies for the delay I have just got the totals for today and the lull in the weather allowed some ringing. Twenty eight new birds and 29 retraps were processed. Twelve Chaffinches led the way and a Chiffchaff and two Redwing were of note.