Saturday, 26 May 2012

Quiet at nets but busy with nests

What a difference a week makes!  Although the weather has dramatically improved the effects of the last month of wet and cold weather are still to be seen.

Since my last posting I have done three sessions at Leith Hill, with a much reduced average catch although highlights have included the first four Garden Warbler and first two Whitethroats of the year, whilst a new ringing species for this site was a Jay.

Whilst at North River, the first two Constant Effort Site (CES) sessions produced 30 new birds including five new ringing species for this site, with singles of Blackcap, Coal Tit, Jay, Whitethroat and Woodpigeon.  This site is really becoming a bit of a Blackbird speciality with another seven new now reaching 20 for the year so far.

I have also been focusing on a lot of nest ringing and in total have ringed nests of Blue Tit, Pied Wagtail, Jackdaw and Robin as well as ringing a female Barn Owl on a nest of seven eggs at Leith Hill.

Birds ringed:
Pied Wagtail - 7 nestlings
Great Tit - 4
Blackcap - 10
Dunnock - 1
Robin - 3 + 7 nestlings
Coal Tit - 1
Garden Warbler - 4
Chaffinch - 2
Whitethroat - 3
Blue Tit - 4 nestlings
Siskin - 19
Goldfinch - 2
Woodpigeon - 1
Jay - 2
Barn Owl - 1
Jackdaw - 12 nestlings
Chiffchaff - 1
Willow Warbler - 2
Wren - 2
Treecreeper - 1
Blackbird - 9
Song Thrush - 2

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