Thursday, 13 May 2010

12th and 13th May 2010 - Quiet but Good at Warnham

On the 12th I put the nets and potter traps out in my Warnham garden and caught the disappointing total of five birds, three retraps and two new, although the new birds were a female Song Thrush and only the second Jay for the garden (below).
Whilst an early start on 13th saw me and Louise ringing in the reedbed at Warnham LNR catching 26 birds, with new birds including two Garden Warbler, two Reed Bunting, a Song Thrush, a Treecreeper, a Goldcrest and a new bird for the sites, a COMMON SANDPIPER(upper below)! Also caught was the first fledgling Long-tailed Tit (lower below).
The highlights of the retraps included a Reed Warbler and a Garden Warbler (below - note the olive pollen matting the feathers together at the base of the bill) both ringed here on 26th May 2007, a Wren ringed on 8th Sep 2007 and a Treecreeper ringed on 12th Oct 2008.
Later in the day Jake and I visited Chesworth Farm to ring the solitary House Sparrow chick from a nest in an open-fronted box and then back at Warnham to finish the day caught a Canada Goose on the meadow!

Birds ringed:
Great Tit - (3)
Dunnock - 2 (1)
Reed Bunting - 2
Blackcap - 1
Robin - 1 (1)
Garden Warbler - 2 (2)
Treecreeper - 1 (1)
Grey Wagtail - (1)
Reed Warbler - (1)
Wren - 1 (3)
Long-tailed Tit - 2
Goldcrest - 1
House Sparrow - 1 nestling
Song Thrush - 2 (1)
Jay - 1
Common Sandpiper - 1
Canada Goose - 1


  1. Fantastic stuff here Sam!
    Great to me you at Dunge on the May bank holiday.


  2. Hi Josh

    You know where I am, feel free to come over for a ringing session sometime.