Saturday, 18 November 2017

17/11 Bagnor Feeder

Location: Bagnor Feeder Visit 02 of 10
Session: 17-Nov-2017 07:40 to 11:30hrs
Headlines: Another session showing the difference in totals between this winter and last winter and showing the lack of first calendar year birds in winter 16/17. A very busy session kept both of us ringing for the whole session. Some interesting pulli captures: the Great Tits that nested in Mount Hill box A03 seems to have been particularly successful with five of the ten pulli ringed  in May recaptured so far this winter. The box is about 2km away but much further for the birds that will have travelled along hedgerows and field margins. They probably roost in the copses and borders at Mount Hill. They may even still roost in their natal nest box, travelling out each day in search of food. They probably have regular circuit including the gardens of Bagnor village and other hamlets in the area, visiting our feeder as part of a regular route, returning each evening. Sometimes individuals usually attending this feeder turn up at the Snelsmore feeder the other side of the common near the car park entrance. A look at visit 02 totals for the last 10 years shows that winter 13/14 also had a low capture. A pleasant day once the sun came over the tree line.
Weather: Ground frost, cold calm, later warmer in the sun.
Present: JL, IW
Nets: 12metres one 6M net each side of feeder. Up from 08:00 to 11:00hrs
Lure (feeder): peanuts. black sunflower, fat balls
Capture (New/Recapture)
59(34/25) visit 02 of 10 Winter 17/18
18(12/06) visit 02 of 10 Winter 16/17
pecies
New
Rtp
1stCY
2ndCY+
BLUTI
26
13
33
6
CHAFF
1

1

COATI
1
2
3

DUNNO
1

1

GRETI
5
10
13
2
Species
New
Rtp
1stCY
2ndCY+
BLUTI
9
3
9
3
GRETI
3
1
3
1
LOTTI

2
indeterminate
Totals for visit 02 (last ten winters)
07/08
09/10
10/11
11/12
12/13
13/14
14/15
15/16
16/17
17/18
46
51
NC
22
55
15
60
45
18
59

Recaptures: (25) all ringed here on visit 01 except:
Blue Tit pulli from Mount Hill boxes AMT1, B02, D07 all 192d, Winterbourne Holt box WH16 187d, Snelsmore CP box CP29 1y 172d
Great Tit three pulli from Mount Hill  box A03 190d, Winterbourne Holt box WH17 193d also a full grown ringed 2y 257d ago at the feeder in March 2015

Sightings 28 Species: Just a list of species today as there was little time to observe and count.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

15/11 Greenham Common

Location: Greenham Common Western Enclosure
Session: 15-Nov-2017 07:30 to 10:30hrs
Headlines: The weather looked good at dawn but then the fog came down. There are still a few new Goldcrest moving through or maybe in. Fewer Redwings came out of the fog, all bar one missing the nets. No sign of any winter finches or much movement in the scrub. I enjoy ringing at the western enclosure as you never know what might turn up and except when it is really busy it is possible to relax, do a bit of birding or just chat to those passing who enquire how it is going.
Weather: Slight breeze early, then thick fog as the wind dropped, fog began lifting as we left site. 
Present: JL, IW
Nets: 48metes in three rides of 18M, 18M, and 12M up from 08:00 to 10:00hrs
Lure (audio): Redwing, Siskin, Redpoll, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Yellow-browed Warbler, Meadow Pipit, Blackcap and Chiffchaff intermittently 
Capture (New/Recapture)
08(07/01)
No matching 2016 visit
Species
New
Rtp
1stCY
2ndCY+
BLABI
1


1
BLUTI
1


1
GOLDC
4
1
5

REDWI
1


1

Recaptures: (1) Goldcrest 57days

Sightings 19 Species: No much happening bird-wise as migration appears to be all but over. Four Bullfinches in the scrub the only sign of incomers. Still the one Dartford Warbler and Stonechat in the area. Not seen a Woodlark for a week or two, bet they are around somewhere though. 






Monday, 13 November 2017

Greenham Common Oct Update

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12/11 Snelsmore Common Feeder

Location: Snelsmore Common Feeder
Session: 12-Nov-2017 07:30 to 11:15hrs
Headlines: We had a very busy ringing session today; in particular we had a good capture of Blue Tits. Having now completed visits 1 of 10 at all three feeders it is very apparent how poor the 2016 breeding season was and the subsequent 2016/17 winter. The Snelsmore visit emphasises this even allowing for differences in weather conditions etc between winters. The number of 1st calendar years birds is well up on last year’s visit. Food is going fast this year. We have used ten 12.6kg bags of sunflower seed already, whereas last winter 10 bags lasted well into the New Year. A comparison of the last five years of totals shows what a good session we had, interestingly winter 13/14 was not such a good one either. It will be interesting, as the winter progresses, top see if the high number of captures continues.
Weather: Overcast, few spots of rain early, windy and cold
Present: JL, IW, JHW, DL
Nets: 12metres, one 6m net each side of feeders up from 08:00 to 11:00hrs
Lure (feeders): Fat balls, black sunflower, peanuts
Capture (New/Recapture)
108(81/27) visit 1 of 10)
9(07/02) matching visit 1 of 10 (10-Nov-2016
Species
New
Rtp
1stCY
2ndCY+
BLUTI
42
10
46
6
COATI
19
9
21
7
GRETI
14
5
12
7
LOTTI
2
1


MARTI
1
2
3

NUTHA
1

1

ROBIN
1

1

TREEC
1

1

Species
New
Rtp
1stCY
2ndCY+
BLUTI
3
1
1
3
COATI
1

1

GRETI
3

2
1
NUTHA

1
1


Totals for visit 01 for the last five winters
13/14
14/15
15/16
16/17
17/18
15
87
85
9
108

Recaptures: (27)
Blue Tit   249d, 189d-pulli box CP22, 185d-two pulli box CP08, 182d-pulli boxCP15, 178d-pulli box CP30
Coal Tit   1y 242d, 341d, 319d, 308d
Great Tit 189d-pulli box CP28, 185d-pulli box CP27

Sightings 25 Species: Ian’s list, quite a short list as we were all very busy, best bird a calling Brambling