Wednesday, 4 August 2021

04/08 Greenham Common

Location: Greenham Common Western Enclosure Week 31
Session: 04/08/2021, 07:30 to 11:00hrs
Notes. Completely opposite weather-wise to yesterday and a steady flow of birds to ring. The re-trap Willow Warbler was in full wing moult when we ringed it mid-June and was still in wing moult today- primary one not present and primary 2 was 80% grown. The not long out of the nest Stonechat was an unexpected find in the net as the Stonechats appear to have moved out on the grassland to the east a few hundred metres away. Goldcrest have been scarce so far this year, the bird today was the first for some weeks, and was a recently fledged juvenile; quite late.
Present: JL,IW
Weather: bright sunny, warm, calm.
Nets: 48metres in 3 rides of 18M, 18M, 12M up from 07:45 to 10:30hrs
Lures Audio: Warblers, Misc Migrants, Hirundine(part), Redstart, Grasshopper Warbler(part)

Recaptures:(2)

Dunnock                   ringed 02/08/2021

Willow Warbler         ringed 15/06/2021

Sightings 30 species: Some more swifts high over drifting south. Dartford Warblers including at least one juvenile out on the heath. The pair of Woodlark flew up and over the enclosure, landed and disappeared. No Goldfinch seen at the western end while we were there. Saw the Southern Hawker just as I was leaving and a few butterflies out in the warm.




Tuesday, 3 August 2021

03/07/Greenham Common

Location: Greenham Common Western Enclosure Week 31
Session: 03/08/2021, 07:25 to 10:50hrs
Notes. A disappointing morning, with thick fog blanketing the common it seemed more like late October. Not much happening and few birds captured for the time of year.
Present: JL,IW
Weather: Thick fog until just before 10:00hrs when cleared to sunny periods, slight breeze, cool.
Nets: 48metres in 3 rides of 18M, 18M, 12M up from 07:45 to 10:30hrs
Lures Audio: Warblers, Misc Migrants, Hirundine(part), Redstart, Grasshopper Warbler(part)

Recaptures:(1)

Willow Warbler         ringed 09/07/2021

Sightings 25 species: The lack of birds to ring meant we spent much of the time watching the pair of Dartford Warblers flying back and forth, with juicy green caterpillars, feeding their young in a nest somewhere in a gorse bush near the car. Just as we were leaving, loading the car with ringing paraphernalia, Ian noticed a youngster even closer to the car that had just fledged from the nest. Closer still was a second and when they flew across the track a third followed also an adult that fed one in a rose bush. The Swifts were seen over towards the town.




Monday, 2 August 2021

02/08 Greenham Common

Location: Greenham Common Western Enclosure Week 31
Session: 02/08/2021, 07:20 to 10:50hrs
Notes. Garden Warblers on the move today 9 captured in one net round. The House Sparrow is a new species for the Western Enclosure and a juvenile Green Woodpecker that stayed in the net, the usually bounce out.
Present: JL,IW
Weather: Overcast, light breeze, cool
Nets: 48metres in 3 rides of 18M, 18M, 12M up from 07:45 to 10:30hrs
Lures Audio: Warblers, Misc Migrants, Hirundine(part), Redstart, Grasshopper Warbler(part)
Juvenile House Sparrow, not a species expected out on the heath
Juvenile Green Woodpecker,
The red on the "moustache" below the eye indicates it to be a male

Recaptures:(none)

Sightings 31 species: The Woodlark was singing for a while over towards Sandleford Heath. Heard Stonechat clacking when putting the nets up but couldn’t find them subsequently. No sign of any Swifts over the town. Very little insect activity








Sunday, 1 August 2021

01/08 Thatcham Marsh LNR

Location: Thatcham Marsh LNR Constant Effort Site 2021.10 of 12
Session: 01/08/2021, 06:00 to 11:00hrs
Notes: Good session this morning, even though the reed bed seemed quiet, we had a better capture than expected. There looks to have been a movement of Chiffchaffs through as most were captured on one net round after a quiet start. We don’t get many Willow Warblers here since the scrub matured so it was nice to get one in amongst the Chiffchaffs. We captured the Icklesham Reed Warbler again this session; maybe be a late local  breeder.
Present: IW,JHW,DL,JL
Weather: overcast clearing to sunny periods later, warm, calm
Nets: 198metres in 1 ride of 198M up from 06:35 to 10:35hrs
Lures: None

Recaptures:(07)
Cetti’s Warbler          ringed 08/07/2021
Reed Warbler           ringed 17/07/2021, 25/07/2021x2
                                 ringed elsewhere 24/08/2020 (Icklesham, East Sussex)
Wren                        ringed 17/07/2021, 25/07/2021

Sightings 33 species: Two Sparrowhawks, thought to be juveniles, were squabbling along the tree line at the back of the reed bed where we believe they nested. Water Rails still calling in the reed bed. Just the one Swift over today. Raven(s) must have been seen while I was sorting out a car problem. 



Thursday, 29 July 2021

29/07 Greenham Common

Location: Greenham Common Western Enclosure Week 30
Session: 29/07/2021, 07:30 to 10:45hrs
Notes: It was a bit too windy this morning so a low total although I don’t think there was much about anyway.
Present: JL
Weather: Sunny, Cloudy, strong breeze, warm
Nets: 48metres in 3 rides of 18M, 18M, 12M up from 07:45 to 10:30hrs
Lures Audio: Warblers, Misc Migrants, Hirundine(part), Redstart, Grasshopper Warbler(part)

Recaptures:(none)

Sightings 17 species: Noticed while ringing