Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Wood Pigeon recovery - must have missed a few cars and guns in that time !

Species: Woodpigeon         Scheme: GBT         Ring no: FB01281

Ringing details
Age: 6  Sex: Unknown  Sex meth: -  P.ringed: -  P.alive: -  Condition: -
Colour marks added: -  Metal marks added: -  Act1: A  Act2: -
Ringing date: 23-May-2001  
Reg code: ---  Place code: ---  Site name: Iverley, Stourbridge, Staffordshire
County code: GBSTA  Grid ref: SO8881   Co-ords: 52deg 26min N  2deg 11min W 
Hab1: F2  Hab2: --
Biometrics: Wing: 250 mm.   Weight: -- g.   Time: 0120hrs
Ringer: D W Fulton, 2889

Finding details
Ring not verified  Age: -  Sex: -  Sex meth: -
Colour marks added: -    Metal marks added: -    Act1: -  Act2: -
Finding date: 16-Aug-2011  
Reg code: ---  Place code: ---  Site name: Iverley, Stourbridge, Staffordshire
County code: GBSTA  Grid ref: SO8881   Co-ords: 52deg 26min N  2deg 11min W 
Hab1: --  Hab2: --
Biometrics: Wing: -- mm.   Weight: -- g.   Time: --hrs
Finding condition: 2:12  Movement: --
Freshly dead    Crop Protection - Shot:
Duration: 3737 days    Distance: 0 km    Direction: 0deg (---)

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Short evening session at Chelmarsh - nice variety

25th September 2011:

Linda and I put up hedge net and 3 nets for roost catch. Reports of plenty of hirundines passing through during day, but ominously quiet late afternoon and into evening.
Tape lure for warblers successful, but not much about to draw in for the roost.
In the end the following were caught: 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Dunnock, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Swallow, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 1 Bullfinch

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Straggler migrants as part of a varied catch at Chelmarsh

15th September 2011:
Dave, Liz and first visit from Kat set up and by the time I got there had 2 hedge nets and 4 roost nets in operation and a good number of birds already ringed. By the finish we'd had  the following: 2 Blue Tit, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Dunnock, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Great Tit, 2 Snipe ( nice surprise ), 2 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 Wren and 3 Pied Wagtail.
The Grey Phalarope had disappeared earlier this morning ...

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Ringing demonstration brings in a few good warblers

8th September 2011:
After the stormy weather earlier in the week and ahead of its return this weekend, nice to be able to do a ringing demonstration for some young students wanting to see birds 'up close' as part of an RSPB project and qualification. We caught several species and had time to talk about migration and moult strategies. Birds caught were: 1 Robin, 16 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Blackbird and 1 Blue Tit.
Dave, Liz y yo.
Lots of House Martin overhead and a couple of Kingfisher across the scrape.
Thanks for the cake too !

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Good early morning Warbler numbers - wash out roost attempt later

4th September 2011:
Just time and personnel for 3 hedge nets especially given rain in the air  - Dave, James and Liz - led to a total of 47 birds ( 9 Blackcap, 18 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler plus 2 Treecreeper ( ringing tick for James ), 5 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit and 2 Dunnock ).
Linda and I attempted a roost catch - but were washed out after catching a few birds earlier - 1 Bullfinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Robin, 1 Wren )

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Swallows on the phone lines

3rd September 2011:
Much Wenlock - 250+ Swallows on the wires - noisy and great to see. Net by main pond and feeders yielded a single Chiffchaff and then garden birds - 6 Blue Tits, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock and 1 colour-ringed House Sparrow.
Other birds about: Goldfinch coming down to pond; Long-tailed Tit flocks

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Lovely evening and good ringing at Chelmarsh

1st September 2011:
Calm clear conditions. Tony reported that there had been a good influx early morning. It seemed quiet by the start at 5.30pm-ish, but the first bird out of the hedge net was a Lesser Whitethroat. After that good variety in that area with 2 young Bullfinch, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blackcap and a total of 7 Chiffchaff.
After little luck recently at roosts Linda and I set up the nets in the main bed and put on the tapes a little earlier than previously. After two rounds we had the following: 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Whitethroat, 22 Swallow ( mostly juvenile ) , 1 Sand Martin and having heard at least one bird earlier, a Kingfisher.
Other birds seen or heard : Green Sandpiper, Grey Heron