Saturday 30th

Showers joined in with the strong wind to make ringing impossible. However do not give up – go out and read some colour rings! The following are in the latest batch of recoveries from the BTO;

The two most interesting are – Caspian Gull ringed as a pullus on 15/6/17 at Jeziorko, Poland and read on Restharrow Scrape on 10/12/19 (908 days later and 1436km west).

Teal marked with a nasal saddle on 18/2/17 at Aveiro, Portugal and read here on 4/4/21 (1408km north-east).

The others were Spoonbill ringed as a pullus at Korendijk, Netherlands 11/6/20 and read here on 21/5/21 (344 days later and 256 km west south-west).

Mediterranean Gull ringed as a pullus at Zwini, Belgium 16/6/19 and read here on 23/4/21 (677days later and 139km W).

Please keep those colour mark sightings coming in.

Thursday 28th

There was a slight drop in wind but not enough to let us try for the Swallows that are still around. Twelve birds were caught of which seven were new. It was a case of saved by the Long-tailed Tits with six new birds and the other new bird was a Chaffinch.

Wednesday 27th

Even windier than forecast meaning only limited nets could be used. Nine birds were caught of which a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Song Thrushes, a Great Tit and a Lesser Redpoll were new.

It has taken a while to sort out but we have a good batch of new reports of movements of ringed birds to report on. The headline is a Song Thrush which was ringed here as an adult on October 6th, 2018. It was controlled by a ringer in Norway on September 6th this year at Holmane which is 851 km NNE. Having probably originated somewhere to the north of this it has probably travelled at least 1000km south and 1000km north for at least four years.

Monday 25th

A lovely calm, mild, morning did nothing to tempt migrants. Fourteen birds were ringed the best of which were two Redwing and two Chiffchaffs.

Sunday 24th

A bit breezier than expected but mild. Eighteen birds were ringed plus 21 retrapped. New birds were two each of Blackbird and Song Thrush, one each of Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Great Tit, Goldfinch and Lesser Redpoll plus three Blue Tits and six Chaffinches. The Chiffchaff had plumage indications of a more northern origin. One of the retrap Chaffinches was eight and a half years old at least.

Saturday 23rd

Ringing was possible on a couple of days this week, despite the weather, and today was good conditions. Twenty birds were ringed plus there was a control of a UK ringed Chiffchaff. The highlight was the first Sparrowhawk of the year. Lesser Redpolls have crept into double figures for the year with another five today (we had done around 1,000 by this time last year).

Sunday 17th

There was cloud this morning but it did not increase the number of birds in the bushes. There were thirty new birds half of which were Goldfinches. There were also two more Lesser Redpolls and a Brambling.

Saturday 16th

A cool, clear, start meant the temperature dropped for the first hour and there was even a bit of frost- certainly no cloud as some had implied. The calm made up for the clear and 69 birds were ringed with another 22 Goldfinches leading the way. Blackbirds (10) and Chiffchaff (16) also made it to double figures. The highlights of the new birds were the first Lesser Redpolls (3) and Reed Buntings (2) of the year. The best bird was already sporting a ring from the Stavanger ringing scheme, an adult female Blackbird.

Friday 15th

More reasonable conditions but it would appear there is only light overnight migration going on. The thought is that this is due to poor productivity this nesting season although there is still a faint hope things could improve due to the lateness of the season, as the small flocks of Swallows hint at. Today was rescued by 22 new Goldfinches. Otherwise seven Blackbirds, six Blackcaps, five Chiffchaffs, two Robins and a Great Tit were ringed.

Wednesday 13th

Cool and calm to start with and it would seem that most migrants have moved on with only 18 new birds caught. They were two Robins, one Blackbird, three Song Thrushes, two Blackcaps, five Chiffchaffs, one Goldcrest, one Blue Tit and three Chaffinches.

The last occupied House Martin nest was quiet mid-morning, hopefully they have fledged rather than failed.

Tuesday 12th

More reasonable conditions for ringing and 52 birds were ringed. Chiffchaff just pipped Blackcap 22 v 21. Two Redwing appeared late morning probably the precursors of the arrival later in the afternoon.

Monday 11th

The normal pattern for the wind is to start low and pick up from mid-morning but today there was a intermittent early breeze which actually fell away, and there was no fog. Fifty-eight birds were ringed and 17 retrapped. Blackcap continued to lead the way with 21 followed closely by 20 Chiffchaffs. The others were a Green Woodpecker, two Robins, two Blackbirds, singles of Song Thrush, Redwing, Firecrest, Great Tit, Magpie, and House Sparrow, plus three each of Chaffinch and Goldfinch. Despite the number of Magpies around this is the first to be ringed for two years.

Sunday 10th

Despite thick fog welcoming the team 48 birds were ringed. Most surprising was another new Kestrel. There was also a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Redwing.

Saturday 9th

Although the sky cleared and it sounded quieter first thing there was still a good mix of new birds with 64 ringed. Robins were new in with 11 ringed. Also new were two Blackbirds, three Song Thrushes, a Redwing, 20 Blackcaps, 20 Chiffchaffs, two Goldcrests, a Firecrest, two Blue Tits, a Great Tit and a Chaffinch. There is still no sign of any Redpolls.

Friday 8th

Although ‘Nocmig’ monitoring showed hundreds of Redwing and Song Thrushes coming lower due to the cloud and light rain they did not hang around. There was a slight increase in thrushes ringed but surprisingly no Song Thrushes. A total of 52 birds were ringed including five Robins, six Blackbirds, a Redwing, 11 Blackcaps, 21 Chiffchaffs, four Great Tits and a Blue Tit. Of more note were two Greenfinches and a late Reed Warbler that was still in post-juvenile moult.

Thursday 7th

At last a great, calm, morning and we could do some ringing. It was a typical autumn catch of 46 birds (20 Blackcaps, 19 Chiffchaffs, two Blackbirds, a single Wren, Robin, Song Thrush and Blue Tit). Best of all was the first Brambling of the year. Quite clearly a lot of the birds which had been hanging around for the last few, windy, days took the opportunity to move on.

Wednesday 6th

We are still here but so is the wind. Another day when it was not suitable to catch birds. It did give time however for the fallen tree to be removed from the net rides.

Saturday 2nd                                                                                                                                                                                    

A calm start to the day, ahead of the approaching storm, found plenty of migrants in the bushes. Before the storm started winding up mid-morning 109 birds were ringed. This consisted of one Blackbird, 64 Blackcaps, 40 Chiffchaffs, and singles of Firecrest, Great Tit, Jay and a Goldfinch. All the birds seemed in good condition with plenty of fat Blackcaps.