Tuesday, 22 November 2022

22/11 Bagnor Feeder

Location: Bagnor Feeder CES 2022/23.2
Session: 22/11/2022 07:45 to 11:25hrs
Notes: A quiet session compared to the 1st visit to this feeder. All Blue or Great Tits apart from a Robin and a Chaffinch. The reduction in numbers was probably due to the Black Sunflower feeder being empty when I topped up yesterday morning. Would be nice to get a bit more species variety, but visitors other than Blue and Great Tit seem to be scarce at this feeder. A bit sad today since my pulli trainer and ringing colleague Reg Smith left us Sunday after a  long illness.
Present: JL,IW
Weather: Sunny periods, calm, cool
Nets: 12M 2 rides 6M each side of feeder up 08:00 to 11:00hrs
Lures: Feeders – Peanuts, Black Sunflower Seed, Niger, Fat Balls 
Adult male Chaffinch

Blue Tit                      ringed: 18/12/2019, , 05/12/2021x2, 09/11/2022x8                                                                                  pulli ringed: 20/05/2022x2 both from Box C05 (Mount Hill)
Great Tit                    ringed: 09/11/2022x5
                                 pulli ringed: 17/05/2022 Box B01 (Mount Hill)
                                                     20/05/2022 Box F05 (Boxford Common)
Sightings: the Barn Owl flew from the top box when we walked the field perimeter during a quiet spell, the Sparrowhawk was a high flying female, first sighting here for about two years of Fallow Deer up on Mount Hill.

Sunday, 20 November 2022

20/11 Snelsmore Feeder

Location: Snelsmore Feeder CES 2022/23.02
Session: 20/11/2022 07:40 to 11:30hrs
Notes: The first time it has felt cold this winter. Another busy morning, mostly Blue and Great Tits and Coal Tit look to have had a good breeding outcome. Some pulli from this year’s breeding season including one from a nest box across the Winterbourne valley at Mount Hill on the Bagnor Estate.
Present: IW,JL,JHW,DL
Weather: Sunny periods, calm, cold
Nets: 12M 2 rides 6M each side of feeder up 08:00 to 11:00hrs
Lures: Feeders – Fat Balls, Black Sunflower Seed, Peanuts
Blue Tit                      ringed: 24/12/2017(5years), 07/11/2021, 05/12/2021x2, 16/01/2022,        .                    13/02/2022, 06/11/2022x9
         Pulli ringed: 16/05/2022x3 boxes CP02, WH13, WH15, 
                                                       18/05/2022 box CP01, 19/05/2022 box CP30, 
                                                       20/05/2022 box B05(Mount Hill)
Coal Tit                       ringed: 05/12/2021, 06/11/2022x8
Great Tit                     ringed: 05/12/2021, 16/01/2022, 16/11/2022x2
Marsh Tit                    ringed: 13/02/2022, 06/11/2022x2

Sightings: Not much birding done, a Chiffchaff seen

Sunday, 13 November 2022

13/11 Greenham Common

Location: Greenham Feeder
Session: 13/11/2022 07:30 to 11:30hrs
Notes: Another good session, it looks to have been a good breeding outcome for Blue and Great Tit this year if the totals from the first sessions at all three feeders are anything to go by. One or two Coal Tits per session is the norm for this feeder, so five including a bird ringed in 2019 shows that they are also doing well. It was good to ring a Chaffinch and two Greenfinches, both were regularly ringed in good number at the Cope Hall feeder and elsewhere when I began training in the mid-1970s. The star of today though has to be the 9 years since ringing Blackbird that was a regular until 2015 at the Greenham feeder, wonder where it has been since. I think it must be one of Newbury Ringing Group’s oldest Blackbirds to date.
Present: JL,IW,JHW,IQ,NC
Weather: cloudy sunny periods, calm, cool
Nets: 42M 4 rides, a 6m net each side of feeder and 18M, 10M scrub nets 08:00 to 11:00hrs
Lures: Feeders - Black Sunflower Seed, Peanuts, Niger.


Blackbird                   ringed: 17/02/2013 (9 years) last re-trapped here 08/02/2015

Blue Tit                       ringed: 12/12/2021, 19/12/2021, 20/03/2022

Coal Tit                       ringed: 17/11/2019

Great Tit                     ringed: 16/11/2021 (St Marks Thatcham), 28/11/2021, 09/01/2022                                

Sightings: Species notice while ringing – Ian’s list. 

Wednesday, 9 November 2022

09/11 Bagnor Feeder

Location: Bagnor Feeder CES 2022/23.01
Session: 09/11/2022 07:30 to 11:30hrs
Notes: Another busy session and unexpected as the food take-up has been slow here until this week. Both Blue and Great Tits seem to have had a good year but the two Marsh Tits normally present around the feeder not here today. Good job we don’t mind ringing Blue and Great Tits, a bit different to ringing warblers that don’t fight back, today I have a couple of sore fingers from being hacked at, fortunately they don’t break the skin.
Present: JL,IW
Weather: sunny periods, occasionally a few spots of rain, light breeze, cool
Nets: 12M, a 6m net each side of fthe eeder 08:00 to 11:00hrs
Fat Balls, Niger, Black Sunflower Seed, Peanuts.


Blue Tit                       ringed: 09/11/2021,10/12/2021, 05/01/2022
.                                  pulli ringed: 20/05/2022-box C05-Mount Hill
Coal Tit                       ringed: 18/01/2022
Great Spotted Woodpecker ringed: 02/02/2022
Great Tit                     ringed: 15/03/2022
.                                  pulli ringed: 29/05/2020 box-A01-Mount Hill, 28/05/2021 box-C02-Mount Hill,
                                                       06/05/2022 box-WH26-Winterbourne Holt.
Sightings: We may have missed a few. No sign of the big Jackdaw flock that is usually here in the winter; just a small flock this year so far and none seen today

Monday, 7 November 2022

06/11 Snelsmore Common Feeder

Location: Snelsmore Common Feeder CES 2022/23.01
Session: 06/11/2022 07:30 to 11:30hrs
Notes: We were not sure if we would ring today as the forecast didn’t look promising. We decided to do a dry run as we hadn’t put the nets up here since last winter. Apart from a few spits and spots just after we arrived it stayed dry, so the nets stayed up for a full session and we were kept busy throughout.  Visit 01 of the winter CES was very similar to the matching 2021/22 visit in some respects, just a few more birds. Nice to process five Marsh Tits, including a 2020 individual, not many about recently, also a good few Coal Tits. The Blue and Great Tits retraps included a few pulli from the surrounding nest boxes; four from the same box, still together it seems, also one from the Winterbourne Holt boxes and a Great Tit ringed last winter at the Bagnor Feeder down in the valley.
Present: JL,IW,JHW,DL
Weather: overcast low cloud, calm, cool
Nets: 12M, a 6m net each side of feeder up from 08:00 to 11:00hrs
Lures: Fat Balls, Black Sunflower Seed, Peanuts.
Blue Tit                       ringed: 07/11/2021, 21/11/2021x2, 30/01/2022,
.                                  pulli ringed: 29/05/2021-boxCP27, 09/05/2022-boxWP27,
.                            16/05/2022-box CP26, 18/05/2022x4-box CP01,
Coal Tit                       ringed: 05/12/2021
Great Tit                     ringed: 21/12/2021 at the Bagnor Feeder
.                                  pulli ringed: 18/05/2021-CP08
Marsh Tit                    ringed: 06/12/2020, 07/11/2021

Sightings: We were all  busy ringing or writing the field log so the list from IW only includes species that were noticed during the session. Counting here is difficult anyway due to the closed in canopy of the trees.