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Wednesday 29 June
A brief netting session was ended by the increasing breeze but 4 more young Robins were ringed. We returned to the roller coaster ride that is this seasons nest boxes. Some tits had fledged successfully but there was a new one on eggs and a one with half developed chicks. Two House Sparrows were on second broods. Open nests of Blackbird, Dunnock and Woodpigeon all contained eggs.
Saturday 25 June
No ringing today but news of some interesting recoveries. The first involves one of our colour ringed Collared Doves. It was taken by a predator, probably a Sparrowhawk, 16 km to the north west in Chislet, near Canterbury. This is the first report of a colour ringed bird away from the observatory.
The second report also headed due north west but got a bit further and is still alive to tell the tale. One of the many Siskins we ringed last September was controlled in Argyll and Bute on the 23rd of this month, 679 km away.
Wednesday 22nd June
A very successful day reflecting the breeding success some species are having and the hard work done last week in clearing rides. One hundred and sixteen birds were ringed and 18 retrapped. New birds included the first Treecreeper of the year, a juvenile Pied Wagtail (a species we rarely catch), 8 juvenile Robins and 3 Chiffchaffs. In case you had not guessed the majority were Starlings with 74 new and 6 retrapped. Suprisingly there were double figure adult new birds amongst these. One would expect the majority of breeding adults around here to be already ringed. Both adults and juveniles are starting to moult providing good experience on recording moult for those doing the ringing.
Sunday 19th June
Despite a trap full of Rooks (15 birds) first thing it was otherwise quiet. A Collared Dove was colour ringed but we still have not had any reported away from the observatory.
Thursday 16th June
Yesterday Robin fledglings made a brave attempt to keep up with Starling fledglings with 7 of the former and 12 of the latter. There was also another juvenile Chiffchaff.
Today a small band of ringers were boosted by the conservation team to complete the clearing of the rides and paths around the Whitehouse-thanks for the help.
Tuesday 14th June
Sixteen new Starlings were joined in the crow trap by a Great Spotted Woodpecker retrap. The first juvenile warbler of the year, a Chiffchaff, was also ringed.
A colour ringed Mediterranean Gull in Pegwell was from a French project.
Friday 10th June
Apologies for the delay, technical problems now sorted! The 30 new birds were due mostly to 25 Starlings. One or two of these young birds are already starting their moult and there are going to be some interesting ageing challenges later as second brood chicks are just hatching in the nest boxes.
Thursday 9th June
Another 5 Starlings and a Collared Dove, which also gained its individual colour ring, went in the crow trap whilst I was checking the moths.
We continue to be grateful to those who take the time to check for colour rings and as promised here is another recent report. This time it refers to a Pale-bellied Brent Goose which passed through Pegwell on May 2nd. It was ringed as an adult female in West Iceland on 14/05/2010. It has spent subsequent winters in France mostly around the Incleville marshes.
Wednesday 8th June
Fifteen new birds today made up of 12 Starlings, 2 Robins and a Dunnock.
Friday 3rd June
The cold, damp, windy weather continues to stop ringing activity. However a number of colour ringed birds have been reported. First up is the female Tufted Duck mentioned last month. She was a first year bird fitted with a nasal flag on 3/12/2014 at Saint Philbert de Grand Lieu, France ( 01º39‘ 47°04‘). Interestingly she has not been seen since so must have just passed through briefly.
Wednesday 1st June
The wind finally dropped enough for some ringing to go on. 38 new birds were caught led by 13 Starlings, 10 Long-tailed Tits and 8 Jackdaws. The first two reflecting their successful breeding. A check of other nests revealed House Sparrows doing well, House Martin broods building up but developing very slowly (I was pleased they have got so far considering the difficult feeding conditions- maybe all the Diamond-back moths are helping), but Tits continuing to struggle.