By brewoodringers, 26-Nov-2013 22:38:00
With the weather being a little calmer and colder of late Ben conducted a couple of ringing sessions and Wm Wheats Garden Centre. http://www.wmwheat.co.uk/nature-blog/index.htm
Ben has ringed a number of Greenfinch over those sessions, which appear to be the most common finch to eat at Wheats feeding station.
Following a quieter session he thought he would give it ten more minutes before packing away when he saw something in the net different to the usual species, on closer inspection it was a Lesser Redpoll. Extremely excited by the fact Redpolls were in the area he returned several days later where a further 6 redpoll were ringed. One being a mealy (common) Redpoll with a wing length of 74.
Whilst at the feeders the first siskin for the site was seen on what appears to be a favourite dead tree of all species.
Other sighting on and over the site have been two regular Raven and approximately 200 Redwing feeding on the trees at wheats.
This is really a promising sign of potential for this young site
Lets hope the redpolls and siskins start coming in.
By brewoodringers, 25-Nov-2013 10:10:00
We had an invite from Ferg to his winter thrush roost site yesterday to try out our recently aquired sound recordings from Latvia of Redwing. Over the years these birds seem not to respond particularly well to recordings--but ringers around Britain are reporting how well these new recordings work. Unfortunately only I was available so we had to restrict the number of nets --however the tapes worked superbly and even without a catch it would have been fab just watching hundreds of Redwing and Fieldfare plummet out of the sky into the area. As it was we had a pretty good catch of 39 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, a superb female Spagger and other supporting cast. Over the last couple of weeks Ferg has now caught around 200 Redwing at roost and feeding in an orchard--with the help of the recordings--so can't wait to try them at our own roost site over the next few weeks. Will report on how we do as and when.
Our new C permit holder Ben, is bashing away relentlessly at his site at Wheats garden centre. This will be a superb site as and when he gets all of his ambitious plans together. He should be posting some results soon.
By brewoodringers, 25-Nov-2013 10:02:00
After a terrible spell of wet and windy weather during which all calm spells co-incided with other duties , things have calmed down a bit and we have been able to get on with some preparation for next year. The net rides at Belvide quickly become overgrown with willow--the growing season this year has been so good that the bushes have grown up to 10 feet in a few months. So the last 2 unday mornings a small group has been cutting them back--needing chest waders to get to the bushes .-so it's great news that all the rides are ready for next year--only needing a quick trim before the ringing starts in July. Big thanks to new recruit Julian for his efforts on both week-ends--and to Dan, Pete and Keith for their help--Keith's home-made summer fruits wine has been official rated as the best I've ever tasted!!
The massive ( about 20,000) roost of Starlings in the reedbed is very tempting but there is regularly a big audience to watch them come in--on top of which it could be very easy to get completely swamped over deep water. So for now we are leaving them alone, although there are some possible plans hatching for a nocturnal visit with hand nets as we used to do many years ago.
By brewoodringers, 19-Nov-2013 22:25:00
The latest batch of recoveries from the BTO have arrived with yet another storm petrel. This bird was controlled by other ringers on Orkney after being originally caught by our group on Eliean nan Ron about 100km away. The bird was caught on 16th July 2000 and recaught on 30th August 2013, a total of 4793 days later, or just over 13 years to put it another way!
Also of note was (very) late news of a pied flycatcher ringed as a chick in Dimmingsdale in 1997 and then recaught near Macclesfield 2 years later.
By brewoodringers, 06-Nov-2013 21:33:00
Many congratulations to our newest C permit holder Ben. As well as ringing with the group, Ben will also be running a feeding station at WM Wheats & Son, more details of which can be found here
By brewoodringers, 22-Oct-2013 07:47:00
A brake in the wet and windy weather gave us an opportunity to get a ringing session in at the Wm Wheats feeding station. It was not long before a male great spotted woodpecker was caught, which had previously been ringed by Ben on our first ever site visit a few month ago.
Through the day we had a number of tits, greenfinch and an un-ringed female great spotted woodpecker. Unfortunately the female sparrowhawk managed to navigate around the nets whilst blasting through like a jet fighter.
Other birds of note included two lovely goldcrest, one male and one female. You can tell the males as they have orange colouring in their crest whereas the females are all gold. These are the first goldcrest to be ringed at Wm Wheats.
More at www.wmwheats.co.uk
By brewoodringers, 16-Oct-2013 17:25:00
Recently we've had some great recoveries from our storm petrel ringing on Eilean nan Ron off the north coast of Scotland. The maps shows where birds have come from that our group have 'controlled' on the island this year.
Of note is a bird recaught 4387 days later after being originally ringed on the island by our group in 2001. So from bird ringing we know that this bird is at least 12 years old, and probably older as the bird was a full adult when first caught.
So far this year the furthest recovery has been of a Norweigen bird from Bekkjarvik around 536km away.
By brewoodringers, 27-Sep-2013 22:22:00
More news from the team in southern Portugal. Rain and strong winds have hampered efforts today, but the bird have been all about quality rather than quantity. Star of the show was a bonelli's warbler, closely followed by another 2 nightingales and a hoopoe.
The team have set ready for attempting to catch cattle egrets in the roost as soon as weather allows. Otherwise migrants are very thin on the ground, whilst the yellow wagtails that are in the area "seem to have A-Levels" as Colin puts it - aka they are managing to avoid the nets
By brewoodringers, 26-Sep-2013 20:45:00
The team have had a slightly quieter day with the highlights including nightingale, little bittern and serin. There have also been a few roosting red-rumped swallows and a kestrel was also caught. Plans are afoot to attempt to catch some of the roosting cattle egrets in the massive roost in the reedbeds now the team and found access to a boat.
We wish them luck!
By brewoodringers, 26-Sep-2013 16:11:00
Colin has been in touch from southern Portugal. The group have got off to a flying start with over 200 birds caught in a day, including a brilliant melodious warbler! There are also good numbers of swallows roosting so they hope to catch a few soon. The trainees are also doing great, learning lots of new things and encountering lots of new species!
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