Thursday, 17 January 2019

17/01 Bagnor Feeder

Location: Bagnor Feeder
Session: 17-Jan-2019 07:45 to 11:20hrs
Notes: Unfortunately the 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.
Weather: Very windy and cold, warm in the sun when sheltered from the wind.
Present: JL, IW
Nets: 12metres, 6m net each side of feeder up from 08:00 to 11:00hrs
Lure (feeder): peanuts, black sunflower, niger, fat balls
Capture (New/Recapture)
34(21/13)
Matching Visit:19-Jan-2018
30(15/15)
Species
New
Rtp
1stCY
2nd+CY
BLUTI
12
3
12
3
CHAFF
1

1

GOLDF
1

1

GRETI
2
1
3

LOTTI
5
9
Indeterminate
Species
New
Rtp
1stCY
2nd+CY
BLUTI
8
4
10
2
COATI
1
1
2

GOLDF
1
2
2
1
GRETI
4
4
7
1
GREFI
1

1

LOTTI

3
indeterminate
NUTHA

1
1

Recaptures: (13) recent except
BLUTI             pulli ringed 09/05/2017 box B02
GRETI            pulli ringed 23/05/2018 box B07
LOTTI             ringed 12/11/2015, 27/12/2016x2

Sightings 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.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

13/01 Greenham Feeder

Location: Greenham Common Feeder
Session: 13-Jan-2019 0740 to 11:15hrs
Notes: Misjudged the weather by holding off ringing until the weekend, but the wind was just tolerable enough to try and get the first half of January session in. The nets were blowing all over the place as the wind swirled around the feeder so a capture of 33 is quite good. Last year’s matching visit had much more variety and had conditions been better, this year’s total might have been similar; many birds particularly finches could see the swirling nets or bounced out. Take-up of the food at this and the Bagnor feeder has been slow since before Xmas Interesting we captured a Jay on the matching visit; we capture very few these days. We were a bit prompt taking the nets down as conditions were quite uncomfortable although it was not as cold as it can be this time of year.
Weather: very windy, chilly, some blue sky later
Present: JL, JHW, IW, RJC
Nets: 44metres, 12m in west gorse scrub and 12m, 12m 10m around feeder up from 08:00 to 11:00hrs
Lure (feeder): niger, niger, black sunflower, peanuts, black sunflower
Capture (New/Recapture)
33(23/10)
Matching Visit: 09/01/2018
58(21/37)
Species
New
Rtp
1stCY
2nd+CY
BLUTI
6
8
12
2
DUNNO
1

1

GOLDC

2
2

GOLDF
9

8
1
GRETI
6

6

JAY
1


1
Species
New
Rtp
1stCY
2nd+CY
BLABI

1

1
BLUTI
4
13
17

COATI
1
3
3
1
DUNNO
1
1

2
GOLDC
2
1
3

GOLDF
2
2
4

GRSWO

2
1
1
GRETI
3
11
10
4
GREFI
3

2
1
JAY
1


1
LESRE
1

1

MARTI
1



REDWI
1

1

ROBIN

2
2

SONTH

1
1

WREN
1

1

Recaptures: (10) all recent (this winter) except Blue Tit ringed 09/03/2018

Sightings 20 Species: Ian’s list,  probably missed a few, nothing of note, the two buzzards were displaying

Sunday, 6 January 2019

06/01 Snelsmore Common Feeder

Location: Snelsmore Common Feeder
Session: 06-Jan-2019 07:40 to 11:20hrs
Notes: Not as frantic as the previous visit here. Some good pulli recaptures. We haven't captured many Blackbirds recently and two ring-able Chaffinches! Blue Tits about the same as the matching visit except more new birds, Great Tit numbers well up on last year’s visit.
Weather: overcast, warm for the time of year, calm, poor light, lighter later when some blue sky
Present: JL,IW,JHW,DL
Nets: 24mteres a 6m nets each side of feeders and 12m 4metres west of feeder up from 08:00 to 11:00hrs
Lure (feeder): black sunflower, niger, fat balls, peanuts
Capture (New/Recapture)
59(30/29)
Matching Visit:07-Jan-2018
40(13/27)
Species
New
Rtp
1stCY
2nd+CY
BLABI
1

1

BLUTI
15
7
19
3
CHAFF
2

2

COATI
5
6
10
1
DUNNO

1
1

GRETI
7
15
19
3
Species
New
Rtp
1stCY
2nd+CY
BLABI

1

1
BLUTI
8
15
14
7
COATI
4
6
8
2
DUNNO

1

1
GRETI
2
4
6

NUTHA

1
indeterminate
Recaptures: (29) recent except
BLUTI             pulli 08/05/2017 box WH02, 22/05/2018 boxes WH02, WH28
COATI            ringed 26/05/2017
GRETI            pulli 19/05/2018 box CP28x2, 22/05/2018 box WH13x2,
                        26/05/2018 box CP13

Sightings 20 Species: Ian’s list, probably missed some, I missed the Raven for my year list, otherwise as expected.