Tuesday, 21 February 2017

21/02 Greenham Common Feeder

Location: Greenham Common Estovers Feeder
Session: 21-Feb-2017 07:45 to 11:20hrs
Headlines: We held the session today as a demonstration for the new BBOWT Seasonal Wardens and Conservation Trainees. Since on our last visit we did not capture any birds we were concerned that we might not get any to show them today. While the capture was very low we did get a bit of variety and a male Sparrowhawk just before they arrived which we were able to show them being processed. The birds captured in the feeder nets were the four Great Tits. One at over five years old had been captured quite often over the years so had a good history. Very little was coming to the feeder, no Blue Tits and the usual flock of local Greenfinches was waiting in the surrounding trees as the nets came down. Normally we are very busy at this feeder and any demonstration is little more than ringing lots of birds, showing interesting ones and letting the visitors hold and sometimes ring a bird. The lack of birds meant that we had to do a lot of talking so we perhaps looked a bit disorganised. Last year’s matching visit shows a very different picture.
Weather: Overcast, cool, occasional misty rain, wing strengthened through the session.
Present: JL, GB, IW, SC
Nets: 72 metres in 7 rides, three around feeders, others in scrub up from 08:00 to 11:00hrs
Lure (Feeder): Niger, Black Sunflower, Peanuts, Black Sunflower
Capture (New/Recapture)

8(7/1)
71(43/28) matching visit 23-Feb-2016
Species code
New


Rtp
1stCY
2nd+CY
BLABI
1

1

COATI
1

1

GOLDC
1

1

GRETI
3
1
3
1
SPARR
1

1

Species code
New


Rtp
1stCY
2nd+CY
BLABI
1


1
BLUTI
3
5
5
3
CHAFF
2

1
1
COATI

1
1

DUNNO
1
1
1
1
GOLDF
5
2
5
2
GREFI
2

2

GRETI
7
6
10
3
GRSWO
1

1

LESRE
4
4
7
1
ROBIN

1

1
SISKI
17
8
22
3
Recaptures: 1 Great Tit 5y 135d (09/10/2011) captured every year except 2014

Sightings 30 Species: A Herring Gull is unusual here, not much else of note though.





Monday, 20 February 2017

19/02 Snelsmore Common Feeder

Location: Snelsmore Common Feeder
Session: 19-Feb-2016 07:45 to 11:15hrs
Headlines: We were not expecting too much after the blank session at Greenham on Friday. As it turned out we did better than expected with a good variety of species. Much of the capture was down to the extra net placed about 10metres from the feeder on the woodland edge. Marsh Tit once regular at this feeder are scarce now. The difference in age ratio of Blue Tit in comparison to last winter’s matching visit is very apparent as is the ratio for Great Tit. There are very few Siskins in the area and none coming to feeders yet. The niger feeder here has not dropped at all since I put it up in anticipation early December. I usually need to provide a bigger feeder to keep up with the rate of take between top-up visits; not this year though. Matt Prior ringing in the Swindon area tells me they are experiencing the same with winter finches.
Weather: chilly, overcast, calm
Present: JL, RJC, DL, IW, GB, SC
Nets: 24metres, a 6m net each side of feeder and a 12m nets set behind up from 08:00 to 11:00hrs
Lure (feeder): Fat Balls, Black Sunflower, Niger, Peanuts.
Capture (New/Recapture)
43(23/20)
54(37/17) matching 19-Feb-2016 visit o
Species
New
Rtp
1st CY
2nd+CY
BLABI
1

1

BLUTI
3
8
5
6
CHAFF
5

5

COATI
3
3
6

DUNNO
1


1
GRETI
1
7
4
4
LOTTI
6

Indeterminate
MARTI
1

1

NUTHA

1
Indeterminate
ROBIN
1
1
1
1
WREN
1

1

Species
New
Rtp
1st CY
2nd+CY
BLUTI
9
5
13
1
COATI
3
4
6
1
GRETI
6
3
8
1
GRSWO

1
1

LOTTI
1
3
Indeterminate
MARTI
1

1

SISKI
17
1
12
6
Recaptures: 20 Blue Tit 1y 103d, 1y 0d, 325d, 263d pulli from box CP22, 263d pulli from Box WH25 also one ringed at the Bagnor feeder 44days ago. Robin 3y 9d

Sightings 30 Species: The Ravens flew over cronking early and two Mistle Thrushes and a Song Thrush were singing, apart from these nothing of note.