Tuesday, 25 April 2017

24/04 NEST BOX CHECKING BAGNOR ESTATE

NEST BOX CHECKING Mount Hill & Boxford Common
24-Apr-2017 14:30 to 16:30 hrs
Many boxes occupied most by sitting birds.
39 boxes usable plus three unusable
Of the 39 (42) usable boxes (2016 numbers in brackets)
  • Blue Tit Occupied 21 (19)
  • Great Tit Occupied 4 (13)
  • Nuthatch Occupied 1 (2)
  • Nest building, (species yet to be ID'd) 3 (NA)
  • Unoccupied 7(6)
Great Tits are down on last year, might be due to habit loss along Shepherds Border (D boxes) The electricity company has cleared to ground level instead of the usual trimming back along the line of the high tension cables.
No sightings of note

Friday, 21 April 2017

21/04 NEST BOX CHECKING SNELSMORE COMMON

NEST BOX CHECKING Snelsmore Common Car Park and Winterbourne Holt
21-Apr-2017 08:00 to 11:00hrs
Many boxes occupied here with several on nest or eggs warm.
60 boxes checked plus 5 missing or unusable.

Of the 60 (63) usable boxes (2016 numbers in brackets)
  • Blue Tit Occupied 23 (27)
  • Great Tit Occupied 19 (18)
  • Nuthatch Occupied 7 (6)
  • Nest building, (species yet to be ID'd) 5 (NA)
  • Unoccupied 6 (12)
Occupation appears to be than last year 2016 so far.

Here is a list of species heard or seen while checking boxes




Wednesday, 19 April 2017

19/04 Greenham Common Western Enclosure

Location: Western Enclosure, Greenham Common
Session 19-Apr-2017 06:05 to 10:45hrs
Bit of a nightmare this morning. I had targeted today to ring the enclosure as the wind was forecast to be 2 to 4 mph, the lowest for this week. I intended to be out by dawn and get all five nets up as quickly as possible and to play some scarce  migrant song and calls; you never know your luck!
The first thing that went wrong was I forgot to put the audio equipment on charge when I went to bed. I remembered about 03:00hrs so some elements were not fully charged when I got up. I arrived at the enclosure just after 06:00hrs and the first net was up in just few minutes. Then things went wrong, the second net had some sort of tangle at one end. With the net fully extended I spent the next half hour trying to separate the end loops from one another and failed. I dropped the net carefully along the ride trying to avoid as much lichen as possible, left it there and erected a third net and abandoned my intention to put up all five nets. I returned to the tangled net and managed to get two loops free. After about another half hour of trying I decided the best option was to take the net down. Of course I had manage to capture lichen clumps all along the netting. Ian arrived to see me just finishing taking the net down and putting it in the bag etc. We quickly put up a replacement net and retired from the enclosure with Wheatear and Ring Ouzel in song.
We only captured a Robin (08:40hrs) and a Linnet (09:20hrs), both 1st CY females with brood patches. We persevered until about 10:30hrs when we decided we'd had the best of the morning and took the nets down.  Not the day I had hoped for.

Postscript: I got home and it took about five minutes to untangle the loops (always the way), half an hour to remove debris from the net (my lawn looked like the had been light snow in patches for a while)  and another half hour to repair a couple large tears in the net I had not seen before.

Species 27 Sightings: not very exciting today apart the expected species, Whitethroat and House Martin are recent arrivals. Two Wheatear on the FPG on the way out the only other sighting worth mentioning.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

18/04 NEST BOX CHECKING GREENHAM COMMON

NEST BOX CHECKING: Greenham Common, Peaked Hill and Aldenbridge Gully
18-Apr-2017 07:30 to 10:00 hrs
Checked the nest boxes at the above today, a few boxes still empty but there is still time, hopefully.
30 Boxes checked and two abandoned for 2017 (one other box is inaccessible due to a cattle wallow and another one I didn't get round to repairing the squirrel enlarged hole.)
Of the 30 usable boxes (2016 numbers in brackets):
  • Blue tits Occupied 9 (14)
  • Great Tit Occupied 2 (4)
  • Nuthatch Occupied 1 (2)
  • Nest building, (species yet to be ID'd) 3 (NA)
  • Old Hornets Nests 2 (when I checked these last November the nest were still active)
  • Nest unoccupied 12 (12)
Some boxes normally occupied most years empty so far and one or two others not often used  are occupied. This is not a good site for Great Tit so it will be interesting to see if they have a higher profile at the other nest box sites when I check them.
The woods are still relatively quiet, I would have expected much more song this time of year.

It is difficult for me to count these days while doing other things but here is a list of the bird species heard/seen here today.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

13/04 Greenham And Crookham Common Bird List Updated to March 2017

Greenham & Crookham Commons Interesting Occurences: Teal are unusual here as is Great Black-backed Gull; Migrants included; departing Fieldfare, Redwing, and a few Redpoll and Siskin; arriving: Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Wheatear. A Yellowhamer calling over my garden is unusual.
 March 2017 Update
Species List P= ALL OBSERVATIONS, E=Escape,  S=Subspecies( P for month columns)
X =SEEN BY IW AND/OR JL 2010 IS THE BASE YEAR FOR "YEARS PRESENT"
Previous Years 20XX (ALL is from 1976) 2017 (Months) TOT YEARS PRESENT
ALL 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 J F M A M J J A S O N D
Mute Swan P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Greylag Goose P   P P   P P P   X X                   P 6
[Snow Goose] P                                          
Canada Goose P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Egyptian Goose P   P     P   P                           3
[Ross's Goose] E                                          
Shelduck P P P         P                           3
Mandarin Duck P                                          
Wigeon P     P P P   P                           4
Gadwall P     P   P P P                           4
Teal P       P   P P     P                   P 4
Mallard P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
[Mallard (domestic hybrid)] E       E   E P                           3
Pintail P       P                                 1
Shoveler P       P   P                             2
Pochard P           P P                           2
Tufted Duck P     P   P P P                           4
Species List ALL 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 J F M A M J J A S O N D TOT Years
Quail P                                          
Red-legged Partridge P P P P   P P P X X X                   P 7
Grey Partridge P       P     P                           2
Pheasant P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
[Indian Peafowl] E       E E E                             3
Cormorant P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Little Egret P P P P P P P P   X                     P 8
Great White Egret P         P                               1
Grey Heron P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Little Grebe P             P   P                     P 2
Red Kite P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Marsh Harrier P   P   P                                 2
Sparrowhawk P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Goshawk P                                          
Buzzard P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Osprey P         P                               1
Moorhen P           P P                           2
Coot P     P   P   P     X                   P 4
Species List ALL 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 J F M A M J J A S O N D TOT Years
Stone Curlew P         P   P                           2
Oystercatcher P         P   P                           2
Golden Plover P P P P P P P P   X X                   P 8
Lapwing P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Little Ringed Plover P P P P P P P                             6
Ringed Plover P P P P P P P P                           7
Whimbrel P                                          
Curlew P     P     P P                           3
Ruff P   P                                     1
Pectoral Sandpiper P   P                                     1
Dunlin P P P     P                               3
Little Stint P                                          
Common Sandpiper P     P     P P                           3
Green Sandpiper P P P P P P P P P X                     P 8
Greenshank P P P P P P   P                           6
Wood Sandpiper P P P P                                   3
Redshank P P P P P P P                             6
Snipe P P P P P P P P X                       P 8
Jack Snipe P P     P   P P P                       P 5
Woodcock P P P P P P P P                           7
Species List ALL 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 TOT J F M A M J J A S O N D TOT Years
Common Tern P P P P P     P                           5
Black-headed Gull P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Common Gull P                 X                     P 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Herring Gull P P P P P P P P   X                     P 8
Yellow-legged Gull P   P P       P                           3
Greater Black-backed Gull P     P P P   P     P                   P 5
Species List ALL 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 J F M A M J J A S O N D TOT Years
(Feral Pigeon) P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Stock Dove P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Woodpigeon P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Collared Dove P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Turtle Dove P       P                                 1
Cuckoo P P P P P P P P                           7
Barn Owl X             P                           1
Little Owl P     P                                   1
Tawny Owl P P P P P P P P                           7
Short-eared Owl P   P         P                           2
Nightjar P P P P P P P P                           7
Swift P P P P P P P P                           7
Kingfisher P     P P P P P                           5
Wryneck P       P                                 1
Green Woodpecker P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Great Spotted Woodpecker P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker P   P P P P P P   P                     P 7
Kestrel P P P P P P P P X                       P 8
Merlin P                                          
Hobby P P P P P P P P                           7
Peregrine P P P   P P P P X                       P 7
Ring-necked Parakeet P       P                                 1
Species List ALL 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 J F M A M J J A S O N D TOT Years
Red-backed Shrike P       P                                 1
Magpie P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Jay P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Jackdaw P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Rook P P P P P P P P P X                     P 8
Carrion Crow P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Raven P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Goldcrest P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Firecrest P   P P P P P P     X                   P 7
Blue Tit P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Great Tit P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Coal Tit P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Marsh Tit P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Willow Tit P                                          
Woodlark P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Skylark P P P P P P P P   X X                   P 8
Sand Martin P P P P P P P P                           7
Swallow P P P P P P P P     P                   P 8
House Martin P P P P P P P P                           7
Species List ALL 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 J F M A M J J A S O N D TOT Years
Cetti's Warbler P             P   P                     P 2
Long-tailed Tit P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Yellow-browed Warbler P       P     P                           2
Wood Warbler P                                          
Chiffchaff P P P P P P P P     X                   P 8
Willow Warbler P P P P P P P P     X                   P 8
Blackcap P P P P P P P P     X                   P 8
Garden Warbler P P P P P P P P                           7
Lesser Whitethroat P P P P P P P P                           7
Whitethroat P P P P P P P P                           7
Dartford Warbler P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Grasshopper Warbler P             P                           1
Sedge Warbler P     P P     P                           3
Reed Warbler P   P P P     P                           4
Nuthatch P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Treecreeper P P P P P P P P   P X                   P 8
Species List ALL 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 J F M A M J J A S O N D TOT Years
Wren P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Starling P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Ring Ouzel P   P       P P                           3
Blackbird P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Fieldfare P P P P P P P P X   X                   P 8
Song Thrush P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Redwing P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Mistle Thrush P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Spotted Flycatcher P P P P P P P P                           7
Robin P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Nightingale P P P P P P P P                           7
Pied Flycatcher P     P                                   1
Black Redstart P P   P P P   P                           5
Redstart P P P P P P P P                           7
Whinchat P P P P P P P P                           7
Stonechat P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Wheatear P P P P P P P P     X                   P 8
Dunnock P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Species List ALL 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 J F M A M J J A S O N D TOT Years
House Sparrow P P P P P P P P                           7
Yellow Wagtail P P P P P P P P                           7
Grey Wagtail P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
White Wagtail (alba) P     P                                   1
Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Richard's Pipit P                                          
Tree Pipit P P P P P P P P                           7
Meadow Pipit P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Water Pipit P         P                               1
Brambling P P P P P   P P                           6
Chaffinch P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Bullfinch P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Greenfinch P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Linnet P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Lesser Redpoll P P P P P P P P X   X                   P 8
Common (Mealy) Redpoll P P P   P P                               4
Common Crossbill P P P     P                               3
Common Rosefinch P           P                             1
Goldfinch P P P P P P P P X X X                   P 8
Siskin P P P P P P P P X P X                   P 8
Yellowhammer P   P P P P P P     X                   P 7
Reed Bunting P P P P P P P P X X P                   P 8
Corn Bunting P     P                                   1
All Species Count  157 100 110 113 113 111 107 124 60 64 68                   80 Years Present 
All Species Count + Escapes 160 100 110 113 115 112 109 124 60 64 68                   80
Species List  ALL 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 J F M A M J J A S O N D TOT