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Ringing near Gifford, winter 14-15

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Old Saturday 25th October 2014, 08:20   #1
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Ringing near Gifford, winter 14-15

The winter programme opened this year with a whoosh netting session. A decent flock of birds has been in the area since before harvest, with a field of rape next door being a big draw. Feeding started about a month ago.

Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 21/10/14

Linnet new 24
retrap 1

Also seen/heard
Greylag
Grey partridge
Buzzard
Skylark
Robin
Blackbird
Mistle thrush
Starling

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Thursday 30th October 2014, 08:34   #2
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 29/10/14

Linnet new 49
retrap 4

Also seen/heard
Greylag
Pink footed geese - several moderate sized skeins flying in all different directions !
Golden plover
Jay
Skylark - in full song
Robin
Blackbird
Coal tit (in woodland several hundred metres away - it was calm)
Chaffinch
Goldfinch (on wires with one of the linnet flocks)

We also have small flocks of fieldfare around now, though none seen this morning.

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.

P.S. It is too late to edit a typo in my first post : date of the visit should have been 24/10/2014
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Old Tuesday 11th November 2014, 21:16   #3
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Mist netting at Site 2, 9/11/14.

Blackbird new 3
retrap
Blue tit new 7
retrap
Bullfinch new 4
retrap
Chaffinch new 9
retrap
Coal tit new 1
retrap
Dunnock new 3
retrap 1
Goldcrest new 1
retrap
Great tit new 10
retrap
Robin new 4
retrap 2
Song Thrush new 1
retrap
Tree sparrow new 1
retrap 1
Wren new 6
retrap 1
TOTAL new 50
retrap 5


Also seen/heard :
Heron
Sparrowhawk
Woodcock
Tawny owl
Stock dove
Jay
Magpie
Greater spotted woodpecker
Nuthatch
Grey wagtail
Greenfinch
Siskin
c.25 Linnet

and a roe barking

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Wednesday 12th November 2014, 06:49   #4
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 10/11/14

Linnet new 14
retrap 1

Last Thursday a visit had to be aborted when it started raining - 3 or 4 hours earlier than forecast ! Many fewer birds around than a few weeks ago with little feed being taken - where have they gone ?
All retraps so far this autumn have been ringed in previous years.

Also seen/heard
Greylag
Pink footed geese
Grey partridge
Buzzard
Greater spotted woodpecker
Skylark
Pied wagtail
Chaffinch
Yellowhammer

A small (young presumably) short tailed vole enchanted me, crawling under and around the feed bin obviously looking for a way in. It was also checking me out, coming closer and closer as if trying to test my reaction. It even crept up behind my clock, then popped its head over the top for a gander a few times. Eventually it summed up the courage to swarm up level with the top of the feed bin (I had the lid off) but found it was too big a jump to get in. Maybe just as well - it could not have got out.

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Saturday 15th November 2014, 16:33   #5
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Mist netting at Site 1, 13/11/14.

Blackbird new 2
retrap
Bullfinch new 1
retrap
Chaffinch new 12
retrap 1
Dunnock new 2
retrap 1
Fieldfare new 4
retrap
Redwing new 1
retrap
Robin new 5
retrap
Song Thrush new 1
retrap
Sparrowhawk new 1
retrap
Tree sparrow new 4
retrap
Woodpigeon new 2
retrap
Wren new 1
retrap
Yellowhammer new 1
retrap
TOTAL new 37
retrap 2

We also found a recently dead, ringed pigeon at the ringing site.

Also seen/heard :
Golden plover
Tawny owl
Pied wagtail
Skylark
Goldfinch

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Wednesday 19th November 2014, 07:27   #6
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 18/11/14

Linnet new 4
retrap 1


Also seen/heard
Greylag
Pink footed geese 100-150
Golden plover
Skylark
Pied wagtail
Jay
Blackbird
Fieldfare
Mistle thrush
Goldfinch
Chaffinch

and walking out to/back from ringing station
Mallard
Teal
Wren
Dunnock
Robin
Bullfinch
Yellowhammer

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Tuesday 2nd December 2014, 17:17   #7
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Mist netting at Site 2, 29/11/14.

Blackbird new 2
retrap 1
Blue tit new 2
retrap 1
Bullfinch new
retrap 1
Chaffinch new 7
retrap
Dunnock new 1
retrap 1
Great tit new 1
retrap
Robin new
retrap 1
Tree sparrow new 1
retrap
Wren new 2
retrap 3
TOTAL new 16
retrap 8


Also seen/heard :
Heron
Buzzard
Tawny owl
Stock dove
Raven
Jay
Magpie
Greater spotted woodpecker
Nuthatch
House sparrow
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Siskin
c.40 Linnet
Yellowhammer

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Wednesday 3rd December 2014, 07:53   #8
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 2/12/14

Linnet new 31
retrap 4


Also seen/heard
Greylag
Buzzard
Peewit
Skylark
Jay
Blackbird
Fieldfare
Mistle thrush

A lot of noise (on a still day) from the cooling fan on the grain store made hearing difficult. Put into perspective after a low flying jet - I couldn't hear the cooling fan for about 5 minutes.

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Tuesday 9th December 2014, 07:49   #9
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Mist netting at Site 1, 6/12/14.

Blackbird new 8
retrap
Blue tit new 2
retrap
Chaffinch new 11
retrap 2
Dunnock new 7
retrap 2
Fieldfare new 1
retrap
Goldcrest new 2
retrap
House sparrow new 1
retrap
Mistle thrush new 1
retrap
Robin new 2
retrap 5
Tree sparrow new 19
retrap 1
TOTAL new 54
retrap 10

That is the first mistle thrush we have ever caught during our winter ringing programme, and they are ever-present around our sites.

Also seen/heard :
Greylag
Buzzard
Golden plover
Tawny owl
Skylark
Wren
Yellowhammer

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Tuesday 9th December 2014, 07:54   #10
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 8/12/14

Linnet new 40
retrap 31


Also seen/heard
Greylag
Pink-footed geese
Buzzard
Blackbird

Lots of retraps, but only 10 of them ringed this winter.

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Tuesday 9th December 2014, 08:22   #11
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Thanks for your reports Mike.
Thats a lot of Linnets trapped so far this year!
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Old Wednesday 17th December 2014, 11:22   #12
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 16/12/14

Linnet new 39
retrap 23


Also seen/heard
Greylag
Buzzard
Kestrel
Skylark
Blackbird
Fieldfare

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Wednesday 17th December 2014, 11:28   #13
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Thanks for your reports Mike.
Thats a lot of Linnets trapped so far this year!
My pleasure Alan,

I work on winter season counts, rather than calendar years. This last lot makes 200 ringed this winter so far which is not exceptional. It is much more complicated working out how many individuals I have trapped that were ringed in previous winters, which I think stands at almost thirty.

Time I ran a full analysis :-)

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Old Thursday 25th December 2014, 16:48   #14
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 24/12/14

Linnet new 25
retrap 17


Also seen/heard
Mute swan 2
Greylag
Buzzard
Skylark
Blackbird

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

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Old Wednesday 31st December 2014, 07:46   #15
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Mist netting at Site 2, 26/12/14.

Blackbird new 1
retrap
Blue tit new 3
retrap
Bullfinch new 2
retrap
Chaffinch new 9
retrap
Dunnock new 4
retrap
Great tit new 6
retrap 1
Greenfinch new 1
retrap
Robin new 1
retrap 4
Song Thrush new 1
retrap
Tree sparrow new 1
retrap
Wren new 2
retrap
Yellowhammer new 2
retrap
TOTAL new 33
retrap 5


Also seen/heard :
Heron
Buzzard
Tawny owl
Stock dove
Nuthatch
House sparrow
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
37 Siskin
80-100 Linnet
Reed bunting

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

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Mist netting at Site 1, 29/12/14.

Chaffinch new 5
retrap 2
Dunnock new 2
retrap 6
Robin new 2
retrap 4
Tree sparrow new 6
retrap
Wren new 1
retrap
TOTAL new 16
retrap 12



Also seen/heard :
Greylag geese
Buzzard
Golden plover
Tawny owl
Greater spotted woodpecker
Blackbird
Greenfinch
Yellowhammer

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

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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 30/12/14

Linnet new 51
retrap 52


Also seen/heard
Greylag
Buzzard
Golden plover
Skylark
Blackbird

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

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Old Saturday 10th January 2015, 10:40   #18
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 8.1.15

Linnet new 41
retrap 29


Also seen/heard
Greylag
Buzzard

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

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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 13.1.15

Goldfinch new 1
retrap
Linnet new 22
retrap 47


Also seen/heard
Greylag
Buzzard
Golden Plover

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

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Mist netting at Site 1, 17.1.15.

Blackbird new 1
retrap
Blue tit new 1
retrap
Chaffinch new 5
retrap 1
Dunnock new 2
retrap 1
Robin new 1
retrap 9
Tree sparrow new 2
retrap
Yellowhammer new 1
retrap
TOTAL new 13
retrap 12


Also seen/heard :
Pink footed geese
Buzzard
Golden plover
Peewit
Tawny owl
Greater spotted woodpecker
2 Raven

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

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With the calmer weather we have been able to do some catching up with our programme. While it is colder here than it was, it is nothing like as cold as further from the east coast.

Mist netting at Site 2, 19.1.15.

Blackbird new 8
retrap
Blue tit new 5
retrap
Bullfinch new 4
retrap 2
Chaffinch new 17
retrap 1
Dunnock new 1
retrap 7
Great tit new 1
retrap
Lesser Redpoll new 1
retrap
Reed bunting new 3
retrap
Robin new
retrap 4
Tree sparrow new 1
retrap
Wren new 1
retrap
Yellowhammer new 2
retrap
TOTAL new 44
retrap 14

Also seen/heard :
Heron
Greylag geese
Buzzard
Tawny owl
Stock dove
Skylark
c.15 Fieldfare
Nuthatch
Jay
Greenfinch
Siskin
c.70 Linnet

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

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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 20.1.15

Linnet new 62
retrap 64


Also seen/heard
Greylag
Buzzard
Kestrel
Goldfinch

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

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Whoosh netting at secondary grain bait station, site 1, 21.1.15

Chaffinch new 7
retrap
Robin new 2
retrap


Also seen/heard
Greylag
Buzzard
Nuthatch

This was a new site last year and it is intended to continue here though the habitat is not as good this year - which we hope will be sorted for future years.

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

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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 20.1.15

Linnet new 26
retrap 14


Also seen/heard
Greylag
Buzzard
Kestrel
Golden plover
Skylark


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

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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 20.1.15

Linnet new 26
retrap 14


Also seen/heard
Greylag
Buzzard
Kestrel
Golden plover
Skylark


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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
Sorry, that should have been the 27th January.

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