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Old Saturday 28th October 2017, 19:09   #1
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Ringing near Gifford, Winter 2017-18

First session of the new "winter" season. We have had a flock of 130-150 birds in the vicinity of the rape bait. These are almost entirely goldfinch with a maximum of 3 linnet seen. Initially these fed on wild flowers - knapweed, thistles and especially cornflower which has been super-abundant in the neighbouring wild bird cover, sown last autumn. We had 227mm of rain in June, mostly in two 36 hour periods and large parts of Scotland were affected so it is possible that linnet have had a disastrous breeding season. However, we have never had so many goldfinch :-)

Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 25.10.17

Goldfinch new 36

Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Mallard
Golden plover (almost ever-present just now, up to 150)
Tawny owl
Skylark
Meadow pipit
Pied wagtail

Mainly forgetting corvids, gulls, non-natives, pigeons and tits.

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Tuesday 31st October 2017, 19:31   #2
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Mist netting at Site 1, 30.10.17.

Blackbird new 5
retrap 1
Blue tit new 7
retrap 3
Bullfinch new 1
retrap
Chaffinch new 8
retrap 1
Dunnock new 4
retrap 1
Goldcrest new 1
retrap 1
Great tit new 2
retrap
Redwing new 4
retrap
Robin new 4
retrap 1
Song Thrush new 1
retrap
Sparrowhawk new 1
retrap
Tree sparrow new 3
retrap
Wren new 6
retrap
Yellowhammer new
retrap 1
TOTAL new 47
retrap 9



Also seen/heard :
Greylag geese
Mallard
Buzzard
Golden Plover
Peewit
Tawny owl
Jay
Skylark
Reed bunting


Mainly forgetting corvids, gulls, non-natives, pigeons and tits.

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Thursday 2nd November 2017, 20:02   #3
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 2.11.17

Goldfinch new 60
retrap 5
Linnet new 2
retrap 2

None of the linnet were aged as 1st year birds in contrast to almost all the goldfinch being aged as first year birds.

Also seen/heard
Mallard
Buzzard
Kestrel
Skylark
Meadow pipit
Chaffinch
Yellowhammer

We have a flock ~200 mainly linnet feeding in wheat that follows rape after non-inversion tillage about 1km away.

Mainly forgetting corvids, gulls, non-natives, pigeons and tits.

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.

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Old Tuesday 7th November 2017, 16:40   #4
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Mist netting at Site 2, 5.11.17.

Blackbird new 8
retrap
Blue tit new 7
retrap
Chaffinch new 2
retrap
Dunnock new 9
retrap 1
Great tit new 4
retrap
Nuthatch new 2
retrap
Redwing new 1
retrap
Robin new 2
retrap 1
Tree sparrow new 7
retrap 1
Wren new 3
retrap 1
TOTAL new 45
retrap 4


Also seen/heard :
Heron
Whooper swan (9)
Greylag geese
Pink footed geese
Tawny owl
Magpie
Fieldfare
Song thrush
Siskin
Reed bunting

Mainly forgetting corvids, gulls, non-natives, pigeons and tits.

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Friday 10th November 2017, 19:01   #5
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 9.11.17

Goldfinch new 28
retrap 24
Linnet new 11
retrap 1


Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Buzzard
Skylark
Meadow pipit
Yellowhammer

Mainly forgetting corvids, gulls, non-natives, pigeons and tits.

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Yesterday, 19:41   #6
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Mist netting at Site 1, 19.11.17.

Blackbird new 6
retrap
Blue tit new 1
retrap 3
Bullfinch new
retrap 1
Chaffinch new 5
retrap
Dunnock new 5
retrap
Redwing new 7
retrap
Robin new 2
retrap 4
Tree sparrow new 3
retrap 2
Wren new
retrap 1
Yellowhammer new 1
retrap
TOTAL new 30
retrap 11


Also seen/heard :
Greylag geese (~50)
Mallard
Buzzard
Golden Plover
Tawny owl
Skylark
Fieldfare (8)
Goldcrest
Linnet

Mainly forgetting corvids, gulls, non-natives, pigeons and tits.

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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