Wednesday, 17 January 2018

17/01 Greenham Common Bird List Dec Update

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17/01 Lower Farm GP

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

14/01 Greenham Common Feeder

Location: Greenham Common Estovers Feeder
Session: 14-Jan-2018 08:00 to 10:45hrs
Headlines: An additional visit to the feeder as we had made visit 5 earlier in the week as a banker to the possibility of unsuitable weather. Additional nets were erected in scrub near the cow paddock, in gorse scrub to the west of the compound and “over the other side” of the car park entrance. The activity at this feeder has been dropping off since the beginning of the year and it was particularly slow today. A good variety of species made up for the lack of numbers. A new Marsh Tit, the first Redwing of the year and the 6+ year old Dunnock are probably the highlights
Weather: Overcast, calm, colder as the morning progressed.
Present: JL, JHW, IW, DL, JPM
Nets: 86metres in 3 rides around the feeders and 4 rides in nearby scrub up from 08:30 to 10:30hrs
Lure (feeders): niger, niger, black sunflower, peanut, black sunflower
Capture (New/Recapture)
29(15/14) additional visit
Species
New
Rtp
1stCY
2ndCY+
Blue Tit
4
3
7

Coal Tit

1
1

Dunnock
1
1

2
Goldcrest
1
1
2

Goldfinch
1
1
2

Great Spotted Woodpecker

1
1

Great Tit
3
4
6
1
Greenfinch
1

1

Jay
1


1
Marsh Tit
1

indeterminate
Redwing
1

1

Robin

1
1

Song Thrush

1
1

Wren
1

1

Recaptures: 14 all recent except
Blue Tit          from Bowdown 94d, from Thatcham Marsh 105d
Dunnock       6 y 326d (25-Feb-2011)

Sightings 34 Species: the best for me, a New Year tick: 60+ Golden Plover over north, otherwise not much flying about (this is getting a bit too repetitive)

Saturday, 13 January 2018

12/01 Greenham Common

Location: Greeham Common, Western Enclosure
Session: 12-Jan-2018 07:45 to 10:15 hrs
Headlines: As it was calm, overcast, murky and mild for the time of year, thought I would ring the enclosure just to see what was there. Expectations were low and turned out to be correct. 48metres of net in three rides and intermittent lures of BC-CC-GO-FC, SK-LR, MP, RB song and calls played. We (JL, IW) captured three birds, all in the final 30 minutes before nets down. The capture consisted of: a new Blue Tit and Blackbird and a Goldcrest, ringed here 09-Nov-2017. It seems that the birds began to move out on to the heath later in the morning. Unfortunately I had to be somewhere and could only stay until 10:00-ish otherwise I might have stayed and captured a few more birds.

Sightings 19 Species: not much moving about, the Redwings appeared when we took the nets down.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

10/01 Bagnor Feeder

Location: Bagnor Feeder
Session: 10-Jan-2018 07:45 to 11:20hrs
Headlines: Very spring like early and several birds were singing on territory. This probably explains why we did not capture any Blue and Great Tits until after 09:00hrs; 20 after 10:25hrs. The early captures consisted of the Long-tailed Tits,three Goldfinches, two Nuthatches and  a Coal Tit. Recaptures were few compared to the last visits at the Greenham and Snelsmore Feeders. The regulars appear to stay away probably remained on territory and came for a feed later in the day. An influx of new birds today at this feeder possibly indicates birds beginning to move spurred into action by the mild weather. 
Weather: Bright, Sunny, warm for January early, later misting over as cooler air flowed down the valley
Present: JL, IW
Nets: 12metres a 6M net each side of feeders up from 08:00 to 11:00hrs
Lure (feeder): peanuts, black sunflower, niger, fat balls
Capture (New/Recapture)
40(32/08) visit 05 of 10
36(22/14) 2016/17 visit 5 (06-Jan-2017)
Species
New
Rtp
1stCY
2ndCY+
BLUTI
12
4
15
1
COATI
2
2

DUNNO
1
1

GOLDF
5
4
1
GRETI
7
2
6
3
LOTTI
4
1
indeterminate
NUTHA
2
1
+indeterminate
Species
New
Rtp
1stCY
2ndCY+
BLUTI
15
10
11
14
BULLF
2

1
1
GRETI
4

2
2
LOTTI
1
3


ROBIN

1

1
Totals for visit 05 of 10 for the last 10 winter periods
2008/09
2009/10
2010/11
2011/12
2012/13
2013/14
2014/15
2015/16
2016/17
2017/18
41
NC
53
38
57
27
43
24
36
40

Recaptures: (8) recent except for:
Blue Tit              406d and pulli 245d from Winterbourne Holt box WH06
Great Tit           pulli 245d from Mount Hill box A03 and Boxford Common box F5
Long-tailed Tit  380d

Sightings 36 Species: A Water Rail on the cress beds probably the best bird; a New Year tick for me. The gulls appeared to be flying to and from the Boxford piggery.