Tuesday, 16 October 2018

16/10 Greenham Common Western Enclosure

Location: Greenham Common Western Enclosure
Session: 16-Oct-2018 07:45 to 11:30hrs
Headlines: One of the rare excellent ringing days that started with a Reed Bunting as I put the nets up. The first round we walked up the fence and Ian said you have a phylos in the first net. As I went to extract it I shouted did you see the species. But, Ian was distracted by a large thrush that had dropped from high up into a bush to the south of the enclosure. As I walked by to the next net I said we have a Yellow-browed Warbler. He said the thrush in the bush is a Ring Ouzel. I quickly checked it out on my way to another phylos in the next net, which was another a Yellow-browed. We ringed one each. On returning to the nets we found Firecrest in the net; it doesn't get much better. It went quiet for a while until we captured a tit flock and a few Chiffchaff, one ringed elsewhere (not one of the groups rings). A very satisfying morning.
Weather: misty fog early, mostly overcast, calm, warm
Present: JL, IW
Nets: 48metres in three rides of 18m, 18m, 12m, up from 08:00 to 11:00hrs
Lure (audio): Meadow Pipit, playlists: BCCCFCCG, Autumn
Capture (New/Recapture)
24(22/02)
Matching Visit: none

Species
New
Rtp
Juv
Adult
BLUTI
2

2

CHIFF
3
1
4

FIREC
1

1

GOLDC
2

2

LOTTI
11

Full grown
REEBU
1

1

YEBWA
2

2

Species
New
Rtp
Juv
Adult











Recaptures: (2)
Chiffchaff ringed 10-Sep-2018, location yet to be advised
Long-tailed Tit 03-Oct-2018



The two Yellow-browed Warblers ringed today, both thought to be 1st Winter birds based on criteria described in Demongin and both having pointy tail feathers.



The Firecrest also a 1st winter and a female; not ringed many females of this species.

Sightings 32 Species: a lot of activity today with groups of Redwing, flying through, also, several silent and against the light, unidentified finch flocks, mostly flying south east. A flock, well five, Bullfinch flew over quite high up and singleton Redpolls flew about, the first here this Autumn for me. The Ring Ouzel was unexpected and  a real bonus.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

10/10 Greenham Common, Western Enclosure

Location: Greenham Common, Western Enclosure
Session: 10-Oct-2018 07:40 to 10:55hrs
Headlines: Ideal conditions today, perhaps a bit too bright during the clear sunny periods. Three Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff showed there are still one or two summer migrants about. Generally, very quiet. A Meadow Pipit briefly perched on a mist net pole but like yesterday most pipits showed no interest. A Green Woodpecker got out before I could get to it. The Reed Buntings dropped into the scrub as the mist moved in. There was very little activity for most of the session anywhere in the immediate vicinity. There was a lot of walking about, until late on when a small influx birds moved around the scrubby areas. This latter gave most of the capture. The next few days look to be unsettled so I might not get out again this week.
Weather: Bright, sunny, clear misty for a while mid-session then clearing again, mostly calm occasional light breeze, warm
Present: JL
Nets: 48metres in three rides of 18m, 18m, 12m up from 08:00 to 10:30hrs
Lure (audio): Redstart, Meadow Pipit, playlists: Autumn, BCCCFCGC intermittently 
Capture (New/Recapture)
11(11/00)
Matching Visit: none

Species
New
Rtp
Juv
Adult
BLACA
3

3

BLUTI
1

1

CHIFF
1

1

COATI
1

1

GRETI
1

1

REEBU
2

2

ROBIN
1

1

WREN
1

1

Species
New
Rtp
Juv
Adult










Recaptures: none

Sightings 29 Species: I know I missed a few, mainly finches, that flew over against the light also my hearing and  memory is not what it was. I did pick up a fly-over Brambling on call though. No sign of any winter thrushes so far this week. The Dartford Warbler is the first I have found here since before the April cold spell when most of the commons  population disappeared. It was either very mobile or there were two since I saw it or another individual moving through the scrub to the east after  the first sighting to the west of the enclosure.





Tuesday, 9 October 2018

09/10 Greenham Common Western Enclosure

Location: Greenham Common, Western Enclosure
Session: 09-Oct-2018 07:40 to 11:00hrs
Headlines: Week 41, still a few Blackcap and Chiffchaff going through. Meadow Pipits not responding to song? Was a bit blowy at times which affected the capture a bit; missed a few tits. Audio attracted down two Pied Wagtails and might have attracted a couple of inquisitive Snipe who after flying low around the enclosure a few times, landed by the biggish puddle and disappeared into some low brambles. 
Weather: bright, sunny, clear, calm sometimes breezy, warm
Present: JL
Nets: 48metres in three rides of 18m, 18m, 12m up from 08:00 to 10:30hrs
Lure (audio): Redstart, Meadow Pipit, playlists: Autumn, BCCCFCGC shuffled intermittently.
Capture (New/Recapture)
12(12/00)
Matching Visit: none

Species
New
Rtp
Juv
Adult
BLACA
4

4

BLUTI
1

1

CHIFF
5

5

GOLDC
1

1

GRETI
1

1

Species
New
Rtp
Juv
Adult










Recaptures: none

Sightings 26 Species: probably missed a few species, no Stonechat found and just the one Goldfinch seen. The high-flying Herring Gulls probably the best birds; never thought I would be highlighting seeing “seagulls” back last century! Three Swallows fed for a while then flew north. At least three  double figure flocks of Jackdaw flying south and my first Siskin of the year flew over.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

07/10 Thatcham Marsh LNR

Location: Thatcham Marsh LNR
Session: 07-Oct-2018 07:30 to 11:00hrs
Headlines: Not many migrants about this morning and quiet generally. We captured a few Blue Tits and a Long-tailed Tit; last year’s equivalent visit had a good capture of tits and a few more summer migrants. The Bullfinch was still in primary moult, they normally moult into October so not unusual. A late Reed Warbler was an unexpected capture. We have captured 36 in October since 1974, the latest being one at Thatcham Marsh LNR on the 23-Oct-1994, six others were captured after the 09-Oct, most are in the first week of the month, all but seven were captured at Thatcham Marsh
Weather: sunny,  calm to light breeze, cold
Present: JL, DL, IW, SC, GB
Nets: 216 metres in two rides 198m reed bed ride, 18m scrub ride up from 08:00 to 10:30hrs
Lure (audio): Playlists: Autumn, BCCCFCGC, intermittently shuffled
Capture (New/Recapture)
23(18/05)
Matching Visit:08-Oct-2018
53(43/10)
Species
New
Rtp
Juv
Adult
BLACA
2

2

BLUTI
3
2
4
1
BULLF
1


1
CETWA
3

full grown
CHIFF
2

2

LOTTI
1

full grown
REEBU
2

2

REEWA
1

1

ROBIN

1
1

WREN
3
2
5

Species
New
Rtp
Juv
Adult
BLACA
1

1

BLUTI
4
1
4
1
CETWA

2
full grown
CHIFF
7

7

DUNNO
3

3

GOLDC
9
1
9
1
GRETI
10
2
10
2
LOTTI
2
2
full grown
REEBU
1

1

ROBIN
3

2
1
WREN
3
2
3
2
Recaptures: (5) all recent except Blue Tit ringed 20-Jun-2017

Sightings 35 Species: Ian’s list, might have missed one or two. A high flying Raven best bird and some Red Kite activity, otherwise much as expected, no sign of any winter migrants,