Tuesday, 20 February 2018

20/02 Greenham Common

Location: Greenham Common Feeder visit 8
Session: 20-Feb-2018 07:30 to 11:30hrs
Headlines: We had visitors from BBOWT; unfortunately we had more people than birds while they were with us. Conditions were poor so not many birds captured. Over the last few days little food has been taken from this feeder so I don’t think the windy weather made much difference. Like Snelsmore last Sunday, Great Tits dominate the captured. The two Blue Tits arrived in the last half hour of the session. We nearly had a repeat of last year’s demo but after BBOWT had gone; an immature male Sparrowhawk was in the net, but got out as we approached. The total was better than last year but not by much. Winter finches have still not found this feeder and time is running out for them to come. I understand from one of the hedge layering team who lives along Bury’s Bank Road not far from the feeder that there is a good flock of Goldfinch attending his feeders daily which probably explains where the usual flock has moved to. We might try another session before the end of the month if weather conditions allow.
Weather: Overcast, windy, cold
Present: JL, IW, DL + BBOWT Staff
Nets: 58metres in 5 rides, 12m, 12m, 10m around feeders and 12m and 10m in gorse scrub up from 08:00 to 11:00hrs
Lure (feeders): niger, niger, black sunflower, peanut, black sunflower
Capture (New/Recapture)
12(08/04) visit 08 of 10
08(07/01) 2016/17 visit 08
Species
New
Rtp
1stWint
>1stWint
BLUTI
2

2

BULLF
1

1

GOLDF
1

1

GRETI
4
3
4
3
MARTI

1
indeterminate
Species
New
Rtp
1stWint
>1stWint
BLABI
1

1

COATI
1

1

GOLDC
1

1

GRETI
3
1
3
1
SPARR
1

1

Totals for visit 08 of 10 for the last 8 winter periods
2010/11
2011/12
2012/13
2013/14
2014/15
2015/16
2016/17
2017/18
64
29
34
35
39
71
8
12

Recaptures: (4) all recent except: Great Tit 1y 72d

Sightings 27 Species: Ian’s list, two Ravens over and the Sparrowhawk probably the best birds, the Woodlark sang briefly when we arrived, a few finches about but not coming to the feeder in any numbers otherwise as expected. 

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