Sunday, 26 March 2017

26/03 Greenham Feeder

Not expecting much from the feeder nets (36metres) we put up additional nets (48metres) over quite a wide area in the scrub, include on the west side of the main car park entrance track. We captured just four Greenfinch, all in the feeder nets. One just after nets up and three at nets down. Despite quite a lot of activity elsewhere, mostly singing from the tops of trees, the scrub nets caught nothing. It was bright, warm, and breezy, the latter didn't help. All the Greenfinches were 1st CY birds, three males and a female. This species is the only one coming to the feeder in any numbers recently; other species visits being very occasional. I haven't bothered to publish last year equivalent, it's too depressing as the capture was 36 including nine tits, the rest being winter finches. I have not seen any of these at the feeder this year since October. I am glad the season is over, wonder what next winter will bring. I suppose the next big thing is nest box monitoring and the CES with general ringing in the meantime.
Sightings 35 Species: A few Golden Plover still about and we heard both Ravens calling. A dispute between Woodlarks increased the count from one to three. Several Chiffchaff were singing but no sign of any other resident summer migrants yet.



Friday, 24 March 2017

24/03 Snelsmore Feeder

Location: Snelsmore Common Feeder
Session: 24-Mar-2017 07:15 to 11:15hrs
Headlines: The last session here of the winter and as expected not very productive. Most of the capture was from the scrub net. We captured four Chaffinch but one released due to papilloma virus infected claw. The nearest matching 2016 session on the 25-Mar is an additional session. The main second half March visit for 2016 was 10 days earlier on the 15-Mar and 67 birds were captured; mostly Siskin; these have not visited any of the feeder this winter. Just the Greenham Feeder late March visit to go, after this the feeders will be run down until next year.
Weather: overcast, cool, light to fresh wind.
Present: JL, IW
Nets: 24metres a 6m net each side of feeder and a 12m net in scrub west of it, up from 07:30 to 10:30hrs.
Lure (feeder): Fat Balls, Black Sunflower, Peanuts, Niger.
Capture (New/Recapture)
  14(8/6)
16(7/6) nearest matching 25-Mar-2016
Species
New
Rtp
1stCY
2nd+CY
BLUTI
3
4
4
3
CHAFF
3

3

GRETI
1
1
1
1
NUTHA

1
indeterminate
WREN
1

1

Species
New
Rtp
1stCY
2nd+CY
BLUTI
1
1
2

COATI
1
1
1
1
GRETI

3
2
1
LOTTI
4
1
indeterminate
NUTHA

1
indeterminate
SISKI
1
2
2
1
Recaptures: (6) Blue Tit 2y 138d, 1y 96d, 61d Great Tit 121d Nuthatch 315d
Sightings 22 Species: Red Kite and Buzzard quite active both look to be nesting in the Firs across the road. The Ravens not heard or seen today, probably sitting on eggs. Most resident species are in song on territory. Quite a few crows flying about, sorting out territories.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

20/02 Newbury Ringing Group 2016 Year totals

Group Totals for 2016 and Number of Species 50 Captured
Summary: A drop in total number of birds shows 2016 to be a quiet year particularly post the breeding season; usually the best captures are made at this time. Most of the group ringed somewhere every day when conditions permitted but captures were mostly down on previous years.
Notable Species Change Includes:
  • Lapwing: the 1st pulli ringed at Greenham Common since 2012
  • Barn Owl: good numbers of pulli ringed after last years breeding failure
  • Woodlark: difficult to capture species one nest found after days of searching
  • Meadow Pipit: a very poor showing this year
  • Redstart: a below average capture
  • Mistle Thrush: a difficult to capture species, our 1st since 2009
  • Cetti's Warbler: another relatively good year
  • Sedge Warbler: numbers continue to decline, once numbers captured match Reed Warbler
  • Reed Warbler: not a good year
  • Blackcap: total considerably down
  • Yellow-browed Warbler: two different birds in one year!
  • Firecrest: a spring record only in 2016; no autumn captures at the migration site.
  • Spotted Flycatcher: one; few if any captured annually in recent years
  • Blue Tit: a considerable drop in the annual capture both full grown and pulli.
  • Great Tit: as Blue Tit
  • Coal Tit: an average total but 23% down on 2015
  • Chaffinch: another poor showing
  • Greenfinch: the worst capture this century
  • Goldfinch: a goodish year mostly for the 1st winter period; 2nd period very poor
  • Siskin: a really good year mostly in the 1st winter period; 2nd period  few came to feeders
  • Lesser Redpoll: an extremely good year; few came to feeders in 2nd winter period.
  • Reed Bunting: lowest total since 1995
Species
Full grown
Pulli
Recaptures
Total
Mute Swan
1

2
3
Sparrowhawk
2


2
Kestrel

17

17
Lapwing

2

2
Stock Dove

6

6
Woodpigeon
2


2
Barn Owl
3
91
2
96
Little Owl

1

1
Kingfisher
6


6
Green Woodpecker
3


3
Great Spotted Woodpecker
20

16
36
Woodlark
2
4

6
Sand Martin
21

1
22
Swallow

3
1
4
Meadow Pipit
3


3
Grey Wagtail
2


2
Pied Wagtail

5

5
Wren
99

49
148
Dunnock
98

66
164
Robin
140

69
209
Redstart
3


3
Stonechat
5


5
Blackbird
70

8
78
Song Thrush
12


12
Redwing
44


44
Mistle Thrush
1


1
Cetti's Warbler
41

52
93
Grasshopper Warbler
1


1
Sedge Warbler
62

15
77
Reed Warbler
173

85
258
Dartford Warbler
2


2
Lesser Whitethroat
4


4
Whitethroat
48

3
51
Garden Warbler
38

2
40
Blackcap
311

10
321
Yellow-browed Warbler
2


2
Chiffchaff
620

34
654
Willow Warbler
98

5
103
Goldcrest
207

20
227
Firecrest
1


1
Spotted Flycatcher
1


1
Long-tailed Tit
165

100
265
Marsh Tit
21

21
42
Coal Tit
95
6
67
168
Blue Tit
675
418
544
1637
Great Tit
299
306
287
892
Nuthatch
15
67
24
106
Treecreeper
13

4
17
Jay
3


3
Starling
10


10
House Sparrow
35

2
37
Chaffinch
68

5
73
Brambling
1


1
Greenfinch
75


75
Goldfinch
183

21
204
Siskin
286

104
390
Linnet
8


8
Lesser Redpoll
222

216
438
Bullfinch
35

5
40
Reed Bunting
23

10
33
Total:
4378
926
1850
7154
The last 10 year's totals for context
(After 2011 the group split in two reducing the NRG totals)
Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Full Grown 8905 8436 11973 13692 16132 7804 7458 6864 7451 6228
Pulli 2437 1942 2137 2311 2520 1334 1086 1297 1185 926
Total 11342 10378 14110 16003 18652 9138 8544 8161 8636 7154
Group totals have diminished over the last five years despite a considerable increase in activity by ringers.

Selected Recoveries and Controls: 
Barn Owl sadly all road casualties
GR38083            N      1                       01/09/14  DL    Site Confidential near Elcot (NB 5), West Berkshire
                         X      0    Dead           23/06/16           Halfway, West Berkshire (4 km, SSW, 1 yr 296days)
GV11740            N      1                       10/08/15  JPM   Winterbourne Church Winterbourne, West Berkshire
                         X      0    Long dead    08/04/16           Kintbury, West Berkshire (9 km, SW, 242 days)
GV38951            N      1                       15/08/16  JPM   Englefield Estate (GP3-6), West Berkshire
                         X      0    Dead           25/12/16           Pitt Hall Farm, Upper Wootton, Hants, Hampshire (15 km, SSW, 132 days)
Sand Martin a long distance migrant that moved up the road to breed away from place of hatching
  D872763            N     3J                      02/07/14  DL    Woodspeen Water Meadows Nr Newbury (COM3), West Berkshire
                         C     4M  Recaptured   19/06/15           Radley GP Nr Abingdon Oxfordshire (31 km, NNE, 352 days)
                         C     4M  Recaptured   15/07/16           Thrup House Farm Nr Abingdon Oxfordshire (29 km, NNE, 2 yrs 13days)
Reed Warbler relatively local captures for a long distance migrant
 Z486692             N                           15/07/15  JPM   Brimpton Area (BMF), West Berkshire
                         C      4    Recaptured   08/05/16           Northward Hill, High Halstow, Rochester, Medway (121 km, E, 298 days)
  Z769931             N     3J                      30/06/16           Rye Meads, Hertfordshire
                         C      3    Recaptured     26/08/16  JPM   Woolhampton G.P. Nr. Woolhampton (60RWS), West Berkshire (93km, WSW, 57 days)

Chiffchaff on passage from natal area
HJD693                N     3J                      25/09/16           Knutsford Moor, Cheshire
                         C         Recaptured      03/10/16            JPM      Brimpton Gravel Pit (60NRTP), West Berkshire (228 km, SSE, 8 days)

Willow Warbler shows some return via Portland BO
HNT586              N                             29/08/15  DL    Thatcham Marsh Local Nature Reserve (B), West Berkshire
                        C      4    Recaptured      19/04/16           Portland BO Dorset (129 km, SW, 234 days)
Goldcrest some good UK recoveries and a wintering migrant from Norway
KB408                N     3M                     23/09/15           Landguard Point, Felixstowe, Suffolk
                        C     3M  Recaptured      23/10/16  DL    Thatcham Marsh Local Nature Reserve (1A), West Berkshire (188km, WSW, 1 yr 30days)
JCP292               N     4M                     19/04/16           Lake Vyrnwy, Powys
                        C     3M  Recaptured      13/10/16  GB    Greenham Common (WENCL), West Berkshire (213 km, SE, 177days)
NOS.LA5118       N     2M                     04/10/16  RNG  Rekeland, Sokndal, Rogaland, Norway, Norway
                         C     3M  Recaptured    02/11/16  JL     Greenham Common (WENCL), West Berkshire (915 km, SSW, 29 days)

Siskin shows where our wintering birds come from
  S089395             N     5M                    05/04/16  JPM   Aldermaston Gravel Pit (E), West Berkshire
                          C     5F   Recaptured     22/04/16           Torwood Lodge, Lockerbie,Dumfries & Gall, Dumfries and Galloway (441 km, NNW, 17 days)
  Z342698             N     3F                     22/11/15  IW    Greenham Common (616E), West Berkshire
                          C     4F   Recaptured    05/06/16           Fort Augustus, Highlands (677 km, NNW, 196 days)
  Z876589             N     5F                     09/02/16  JL     Greenham Common (FDR616), West Berkshire
                          R     5F   Recaptured    23/02/16  JL     Greenham Common (FDR616), West Berkshire (14 days)
                          X      0    Dead           29/05/16           Wanlockhead, Dumfries and Galloway (477 km, NNW, 110 days)
  Z876774             N     5M                    26/02/16  JL     Greenham (FDRHAY), West Berkshire
                          C     5M  Recaptured    28/06/16           Peebles, Scottish Borders (490 km, NNW, 123 days)
  Z876786             N     5M                    26/02/16  JL     Greenham (FDRHAY), West Berkshire
                          C     6M  Recaptured    01/04/16           Kingsdown North, Kent (189 km, E, 35 days)
  Z876883             N     5F                     06/03/16  GB    Greenham Common (FDR616), West Berkshire
                         C     5F   Recaptured    30/03/16           Llys Y Wern, Llechryd, Ceredigion (241 km, WNW, 24 days)
  Z876977             N     5F                     15/03/16  JL     Snelsmore Common Nr. Newbury (FDRCP), West Berkshire
                         C     5F   Recaptured    10/04/16           New Laithe Farm, Newton,Lancs, Lancashire (288 km, NNW, 26 days)
D723938              N     4M                     21/04/14           Torwood Lodge, Lockerbie,Dumfries & Gall, Dumfries and Galloway
                        C     6M  Recaptured     14/02/16  DL    Greenham Common (FDR616), West Berkshire (439 km, SSE, 1 yr 299days)
                        R     6M  Recaptured    23/02/16  JL     Greenham Common (FDR616), West Berkshire (439 km, SSE, 1 yr 308days)
                        R     6M  Recaptured    06/03/16  SC     Greenham Common (FDR616), West Berkshire (439 km, SSE, 1 yr 320days)

Z059447              N     3J                      08/09/14           Bratton, Nr Minehead, Somerset
                       C      6F   Recaptured     08/03/16 JL       Greenham (FDRHAY), West Berkshire (154 km, E, 1 yr 182days)
Lesser Redpoll shows where our wintering birds come from
  D738045            N                           21/02/14  JPM   Aldermaston Gravel Pit (EXP), West Berkshire
                         R      5    Recaptured   27/03/14  JPM   Aldermaston Gravel Pit (WFDR), West Berkshire (34 days)
                         C     6M  Recaptured   26/05/16           Peebles, Scottish Borders (493 km, NNW, 2 yrs 95days)
  Z487838            N                          03/11/15  JPM   Brimpton Gravel Pit (60NRTP), West Berkshire
                         C      5    Recaptured   04/05/16           Hednesford Hills, Staffordshire (157 km, NNW, 183 days)
  Z876168            N                           18/12/15  JPM   Brimpton Gravel Pit (60RBF), West Berkshire
                         R     6F   Recaptured   04/01/16  JPM   Brimpton Gravel Pit (60NRTP), West Berkshire (17 days)
                         C      5    Recaptured   12/04/16           Bardsey Island, Gwynedd (290 km, WNW, 116 days)
  Z876173            N     3M                   18/12/15  JPM   Brimpton Gravel Pit (60RBF), West Berkshire
                         C     5M  Recaptured   16/04/16           New Laithe Farm, Newton,Lancs, Lancashire (296 km, NNW, 120  days)

Newbury Ringing Group: Ian Weston, Pat Martin, JanLegg, Duncan Long, Annalea Beard, Jon Wilding, Gina Burlinson, Simon Clayborn
                                  With: Reg Smith, John Claridge, Rupert Wilson