Friday, 4 June 2010

1st to 4th June 2010 - More Nests and Youngsters

Having not visited Coot Pond in a while, Jake and I went over with a bag of seed after work on Tuesday, 1st, and managed to catch four of the Canada Goose goslings (below with Jake) from the brood of seven that are here and hopefully catch the others another day.

Then I popped over to check a couple of boxes that have had Stock Dove in the past, but just one was occupied with an adult on two eggs (below).

On Thursday, 3rd, an early morning session was done at Warnham LNR catching a total of 34 birds including new birds with highlights being a Garden Warbler, a Reed Bunting, three Reed Warbler, two Chiffchaff (including a juvenile - above), a Woodpigeon and six Blackbird, although the star was two juvenile Marsh Tit (below).

Highlights of the retraps included two male Long-tailed Tits of which one was ringed on 23rd Sep 2006 as an unaged bird and the second ringed on 2nd Sep 2007 also as an unaged bird, neither of which have been caught since! After work Jake and I visited some local neighbours to see if any of their Swallows were ready for ringing and of the four nests, one had four ringable young (below), one had five ringable young, one had three eggs and one had five eggs. After which I popped to Kelly and her daughter Millie's house to ring their nest of Blue Tits which was small with just five chicks. Millie could hardly contain herself she was so excited!

And then yesterday, 4th, a late morning session at Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods produced just nine birds including two male Garden Warbler and two male Willow Warbler (below). Also here today were a family of Redpoll and a Nightjar was heard churring on three occasions during the ringing.

Birds ringed: (retraps in brackets)
Blackcap - 2
Garden Warbler - 3 (1)
Robin - 4 (1)
Reed Warbler - 3
Marsh Tit - 2
Reed Bunting - 1
Blue Tit - 3 + 5 nestlings (4)
Great Tit - 1
Swallow - 9 nestlings
Chiffchaff - 2
Wren - 1
Willow Warbler - 2
Blackbird - 7 (1)
Long-tailed Tit - (2)
Great Spotted Woodpecker - (1)
Greenfinch - (1)
Dunnock - (1)

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