17-Jan-2019 07:45 to
wind was blowing straight down the valley and affecting the nets. Normally they get shelter from the hills. The first
round produced 14 Long-tailed Tits that had arrived as we put the nets up. One
had been ringed 2015 and two 2016, several others had been captured on
previous sessions this winter. This feeder has been quiet since before the
turn of the year; possible birds have found garden feeders on route. Had
conditions been better we may have had a few more as several birds were
seen flying to the feeder, but two or three rounds had empty blowing nets. A ring-able
Chaffinch was nice and a better total than last years matching visit; less variety though.
GRETI pulli ringed 23/05/2018 box B07
LOTTI ringed 12/11/2015, 27/12/2016x2
23 Species: Not much
moving today, expected to get my first Skylark of the year none found though. The only possible distance movement, the two Lesser Black-backed Gulls that flew
east quite high. The Kites were active and vocal. A dead buzzard found last Sunday appears to have staved. The resident buzzard is dark on the underside, this one was light. This is the third buzzard in the area that has been found, one like this bird appears to have starved (both had little flesh around the breast bone) and the other had become entangled in fence wires, was rescued, treated for a wind injury and is now in care. I don't think the two deaths are sinister. The one at Bagnor looked to be a bird of the year so perhaps it was struggling and was attacked by the resident buzzard(s) while in a weakened state.