• Redwing Morning

    This morning two teams were out at different sites for Redwing.

    Site one is Chapel Lane Farm, Great Barr. This is a brand new site, which will be fantastic in the summer and has an ideal location for us to try for winter thrushes.

    Site two is one of our regular sites, Chillington Hall, Brewood, Staffordshire.

    Chapel Lane Farm - We set one 60 foot net and within two hours caught and ringed 14 Redwing and as many Great & Blue Tits.

    Chillington Hall - The team had four nets out today, they caught & Ringed 25 Redwing along with 2 coal tit and again the Sparrowhawk was present but elusive.

    We anticipate with better weather we would have ringed more but with stoing wind gusts today it proved difficult.

    Photo: Redwing at Chapel Lane Farm

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  • Wm Wheat Bird Ringing Demonstration

    Today saw the team conducting a Bird Ringing Demonstration at one of our regular sites, Wm Wheat & Son, Chester Road, Aldridge, which had been sponsored by Walsall MBC.

    Read about the days events here - WHEATS WILDLIFE

    The highlight of the day is when Ben made his first ever cup of tea. WELL DONE!

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  • A good morning for Redwing

    Today the team returned to a great new site, Lodge Farm, Aldridge for another attempt at Redwing.

    Our previous ringing trip saw us with a catch of 18 but we learnt alot from watching their behaviour.

    With four nets set in an improved set up we sat and waited, watching two Raven overhead.

    It was another frosty morning but with a stronger wind this time so we were unsure how we would get on.

    On the first net round we ringed 10 new birds, the following two nets rounds gave us more and more Redwing.

    Finishing on a good 43 Redwing, 2 Wren, 1 Robin & 1 Dunnock

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  • Return to Chillington Hall

    Pete Bache and Hoppy returned to Chillington Hall in attempt to improve on the Redwing catch from a couple of days ago.

    With an adjustment of the nets Pete & Hoppy in just one hour caught and ringed 33 Redwing, 1 Blackbird & 1 Goldcrest.

    The morning improved with a visit to the net by a Merlin, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard although none of the caught and ringed.

    A Good day

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  • Let there be Redwing

    On This cold frosty -2 morning the team conducted two sessions targetting Redwing

    1) Chillinton Hall, Staffordshire

    19 Redwing, 4 Goldcrest & 1 Sparrowhawk

    2) Lodge Farm, Aldridge (New Site)

    18 Redwing, 1 Blackbird, 1 Adult Male Green Woodpecker

    Although set up very early both teams did not really start catching until after 8am.

    Both teams experienced the sight of hundreds of Redwing flying over with a few Fieldfare thrown in for good measure. We will definately be returning for future visits.

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  • COMPETITION TIME

    competition time with Brewood Ringers.

    Hawke Optics have supplied us with a pair of their Best Budget Binoculars of 2014

    Due to this we thought we would set them as a prize

    All you have to do is attend one of our Bird Ringing Demonstrations.

    You can find the dates on here, On twitter @brewoodringers or on facebook.

    Complete one of our feedback sheets and supply your email address

    The winner will be notified on Friday May 1st 2015

    Alternatively you can email brewoodringers@virginmedia.com and tell us how you heard about the competition e.g Twitter, Facebook, BTO

    Our next bird ringing demonstration is at Wm Wheat & Son, Chester Road, Aldridge, WS9 OPU on Saturday 13th December 2014 8am-12pm

    Goodluck

    Brewood Ringing Team

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  • Another Day at Wm Wheats

    Today the team were at Wm Wheats.

    We set three nets and had a number of species:

    Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Great Tit, Blue tit, Chaffinch, Coal tit, Robin and these two cracking Goldcrest.

    One of them was already ringed by a local ringer about 1.5 miles away on 05/11/2014

    Lots of Redwing overhead & a regular flock of 40+ Goldfinch, which may visit our feeding station during colder weather.

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  • Roost time

    This evening we were joined by 3 friends from Shropshire for a catch on the reed bunting and starling roost at Belvide. In the end we caught 18 new reed bunting, 7 starling and a single wren. Once again there were every few reed bunting retraps. More new birds to come over the next few weeks whilst the site remains accessible.

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  • Trying something new...

    But it doesn't always work out the way you hope. Tonight a couple of us were trying out a new redwing roost site at Wolseley Bridge. Sadly only 9 birds were caught, of which only 1 was a redwing. Thankfully they are stunning birds.

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  • A Morning at Wheats

    On Tuesday 4th November the team visited Wm Wheat & Son for an early morning ringing session.

    In total 36 new birds were ringed and a number of retraps caught

    Species ringed were:

    Greenfinch, Coal Tit, Wren, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin & Chaffinch

    One of the blue tits was already ringed and we believe it by a another local ringer but will keep you updated

    We are looking forward to our ringing demo here on Saturday 13th December 2014 8am-12pm, we hope to see you there (ws9opu)

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