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Ringing near Gifford, Winter 15-16

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Old Monday 12th October 2015, 20:43   #1
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Ringing near Gifford, Winter 15-16

On 11th October,2015 we had a pre-season session mist netting at Site 1. We were prioritizing catching redwing, using a tape lure. We caught

Blue tit new 5
retrap 2
Chaffinch new 1
retrap
Goldcrest new 2
retrap
Great tit new
retrap 1
Goldfinch new 3
retrap
Long-tailed tit new 13
retrap
Redwing new 19
retrap
Robin new
retrap 1
Tree sparrow new 2
retrap
TOTAL new 45
retrap 4

Interestingly, all bar 2 of the redwing were aged as adult (not first year). More appeared to arrive during the session, and these weighed ~10g less than those caught earlier so we wondered if they had just arrived across the North Sea.


Also seen/heard :
Grey partridge
Buzzard
Barn owl
Tawny owl
Peewit 130
Skylark
Pied wagtail
Wren
Blackbird
Fieldfare
House sparrow
Bullfinch
Linnet

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Monday 26th October 2015, 19:41   #2
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First session of the new season
Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 25/10.15

Goldfinch new 1
retrap
Linnet new 24
retrap 1


Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Pink-footed geese
Mallard
Buzzard
Kestrel
Tawny owl
Skylark
Meadow pipit
Chaffinch

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Sunday 1st November 2015, 20:26   #3
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Mist netting at Site 2, 1/11/15.

Blackcap new 1
retrap
Chaffinch new 2
retrap
Dunnock new 2
retrap 3
Great tit new 1
retrap
Robin new 1
retrap 1
Tree sparrow new 1
retrap
Wren new 4
retrap
TOTAL new 12
retrap 4


Also seen/heard :
Heron
Greylag geese c.30
Pink-footed geese 100+ in largest skein of several
Mallard
Buzzard
Tawny owl
Stock dove
Jay
Greater spotted woodpecker
Nuthatch
Pied wagtail
Grey wagtail
Skylark
Blackbird
Mistle thrush
Fieldfare
Redwing
Magpie
Jay
Goldcrest
House sparrow
Brambling
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Siskin
Linnet
Reed bunting

Mainly forgetting corvids, game birds, gulls, pigeons and tits.

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Thursday 5th November 2015, 18:40   #4
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 2.11.15

Linnet new 5
retrap 2

Plenty birds feeding in vegetation just down the hill. In wet weather last week a large flock had been feeding on the bait, but today was lovely.

Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Mallard
Buzzard
Peewit
Skylark
Starling
Jay
Robin
Blackbird
Fieldfare
Chaffinch
Goldfinch

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.

P.S. Since this session I have checked a few times and confirmed - when the weather is wet the bulk of the flock feeds on the bait, when dry the bulk of the flock feeds in the vegetation further down the hill. I guess the habitat is good :-)
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Old Thursday 12th November 2015, 20:00   #5
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 12.11.15

Greenfinch new 1
retrap
Linnet new 90
retrap 5


Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Skylark
Blackbird
Fieldfare

I don't hear so much when there is a stiff breeze !

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Monday 23rd November 2015, 19:24   #6
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Two sessions.

Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 23.11.15

Linnet new 11
retrap 6

Also seen/heard
Mute swan
Greylag geese
Mallard
Skylark
Wren
Goldfinch

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


Mist netting at Site 1, 20/11/15.

Blackbird new 6
retrap
Blue tit new 2
retrap 2
Chaffinch new 4
retrap
Dunnock new 4
retrap 1
Fieldfare new 2
retrap
Goldcrest new 1
retrap
Greenfinch new 1
retrap
Robin new 3
retrap 2
Tree sparrow new 13
retrap
Yellowhammer new 1
retrap
TOTAL new 37
retrap 5


Also seen/heard :
Mute swan
Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Skylark
Wren
House sparrow
Brambling
Bullfinch
Linnet

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Sunday 6th December 2015, 20:07   #7
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Mist netting at Site 2, 3/12/15.

Bullfinch new 2
retrap 1
Chaffinch new 5
retrap
Coal tit new 1
retrap
Dunnock new 2
retrap 3
Great tit new 2
retrap 2
Redwing new 2
retrap
Robin new 2
retrap 3
Wren new 1
retrap
TOTAL new 17
retrap 9

Also seen/heard :
Heron
Mallard
Tawny owl
Jay
Magpie
Nuthatch
Blackbird
Mistle thrush
Fieldfare
Redwing
Magpie
Jay
Greenfinch
Siskin
Reed bunting

Mainly forgetting corvids, game birds, gulls, pigeons and tits.

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Sunday 6th December 2015, 20:10   #8
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Whoosh netting at secondary grain bait station, site 1, 4.12.15

Chaffinch new 1
retrap
Robin new 1
retrap

This has been a very frustrating site this year. Lots of chaffinch were present before I had the catching equipment in place about a month ago. Not sure why they are hard to catch now but rodents might have something to do with it - rats under the mat and lots of grey squirrels taking feed.

Also seen/heard
Greylag
Buzzard
Skylark
Pied wagtail
Jay
Nuthatch
Wren
Dunnock
Blackbird
Mistle thrush
Goldfinch
Bullfinch


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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Tuesday 8th December 2015, 19:02   #9
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 8.12.15

Goldfinch new
retrap 1
Linnet new 56
retrap 11

Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Mallard

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Monday 14th December 2015, 19:22   #10
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Mist netting at Site 1, 13/12/15.

Blue tit new 1
retrap
Chaffinch new 13
retrap 3
Dunnock new 6
retrap 2
Redwing new 2
retrap
Robin new 3
retrap 8
Tree sparrow new 5
retrap
Wren new 1
retrap
Yellowhammer new 7
retrap 1
TOTAL new 38
retrap 14


Also seen/heard :
Mute swan
Greylag geese
Buzzard
Golden plover
Woodcock
Tawny owl
Barn owl
Sparrowhawk
Skylark
Blackbird
Fieldfare
Redpoll

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Tuesday 15th December 2015, 17:13   #11
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Mist netting at secondary grain bait station, site 1, 4.12.15

Blue tit new 2
retrap
Chaffinch new 6
retrap 3
Dunnock new 1
retrap
Great tit new 2
retrap
Mistle thrush new 1
retrap
Song Thrush new 1
retrap
TOTALS new 13
retrap 3


On Saturday a large flock of granivores were present at the opposite end of the block of wild bird cover from my whoosh net site. We took this opportunity to try to mist net there.

Also seen/heard
Greylag
Buzzard
Skylark
Pied wagtail
Wren
Robin
Blackbird
Goldfinch
Bullfinch
Yellowhammer

The flock on Saturday also included brambling (1+), reed bunting (1+) and tree sparrow.

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

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Old Friday 18th December 2015, 20:41   #12
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 18.12.15

Goldfinch new
retrap 1
Linnet new 23
retrap 26

Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Mallard
Teal
Skylark

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Wednesday 30th December 2015, 16:29   #13
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 25.12.15

Linnet new 31
retrap 39

Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Mallard
Grey partridge
Skylark
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Reed bunting

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Wednesday 30th December 2015, 16:56   #14
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Mist netting at Site 2, 27/12/15.

Blackbird new 1
retrap
Chaffinch new 1
retrap
Robin new
retrap 1
Song thrush new 1
retrap
Wren new
retrap 1
TOTAL new 3
retrap 2

This year is very disappointing across all sites, following a very poor breeding season. It is my impression that percentage of young birds is abnormally low, but things may change.

This site is particularly poor this year probably because of obvious habitat problems. Principal problem is that the wild bird cover is in poor condition and birds are only using a small part in an area wit no suitable sites for nets. The farmer tells me his plans were thrown into disarray by uncertainties surrounding the new agri-environment scheme, resulting in nothing getting done.

This will be our last session this winter at this particular location, though we may try another location on the same farm (site 2).

Also seen/heard :
Greylag geese
Pink-footed geese
Cormorant
Tawny owl
Jay
Nuthatch
Dunnock
Mistle thrush
Goldfinch
Bullfinch
Siskin
~20 linnet

Mainly forgetting corvids, game birds, gulls, pigeons and tits.

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Wednesday 30th December 2015, 16:58   #15
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Whoosh netting at secondary grain bait station, site 1, 28.12.15

Chaffinch new 2
retrap

As in my comments on site 2, this site is disappointing this year. Birds are present, with reasonable wild bird cover and a bait station providing feeding. The bait station, where we catch, has been taken over by rodents and I suspect the birds are being deterred from using it. The rodents in question are at least one rat burrowed in under the bait station itself, and numbers of grey squirrel raiding the bait - I have seen up to five at one time.

Also seen/heard
Greylag
Jay
Wren
Dunnock
Robin
Blackbird
Goldfinch
Yellowhammer

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Monday 4th January 2016, 21:39   #16
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 1.1.16

Linnet new 5
retrap 8

Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Mallard
Skylark
Wren
Dunnock

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Monday 11th January 2016, 21:34   #17
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 11.1.16

Linnet new 9
retrap 13 (note typo corrected from first release)

Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Golden plover
Grey partridge - 11
Skylark
Yellowhammer

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.

Last edited by citrinella : Tuesday 12th January 2016 at 20:16. Reason: Typo - retraps given as 33, should have been 13
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Old Monday 18th January 2016, 19:37   #18
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Mist netting at Site 1, 9.1.16.

Blackbird new
retrap 1
Chaffinch new 7
retrap 6
Dunnock new 4
retrap 12
Goldcrest new 1
retrap
Redwing new 4
retrap
Reed bunting new 1
retrap
Robin new
retrap 5
Tree sparrow new 3
retrap
Yellowhammer new 10
retrap 1
TOTAL new 30
retrap 25

Also seen/heard :
Mallard
Greylag geese
Pink-footed geese
Grey partridge
Golden plover
Buzzard
Tawny owl
Raven 2
Skylark
Mistle thrush

Mainly forgetting corvids, game birds, gulls, pigeons and tits.

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Old Monday 18th January 2016, 19:49   #19
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Whoosh netting at secondary grain bait station, site 1, 13.1.16

Chaffinch new 4
retrap

Also seen/heard
Greylag
Treecreeper
Nuthatch
Robin
Blackbird
Bullfinch
Goldfinch
Linnet

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Monday 25th January 2016, 16:04   #20
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Whoosh netting at secondary grain bait station, site 1, 21.1.16

Chaffinch new 2
retrap 1

Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Pink footed geese
Buzzard
Kestrel
Jay
Robin
Linnet
Yellowhammer

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

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Old Monday 25th January 2016, 16:07   #21
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 23.1.16

Goldfinch new 2
retrap
Linnet new 35
retrap 13

Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Mallard
Buzzard
Grey partridge
Reed bunting

The flock of skylark in this vicinity all appear to have left following recent snow (c.5cm cover). I suspect they move to lower, snow free areas, on this occasion to be found only 5km distant. They have not returned, a repeat of what we have seen following heavy snow a few years ago when populations were very hard hit, and had only just showed signs of recovery following the last two very mild winters.

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

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Old Monday 25th January 2016, 16:11   #22
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Mist netting at Site 2, 24/1/16.
This session was at our former site where birds are attracted by wild bird cover and supplementary feeders with woodland and hedge cover.

Blackbird new 4
retrap
Blue tit new 2
retrap
Chaffinch new
retrap 1
Dunnock new 1
retrap
Tree sparrow new 9
retrap
Yellowhammer new 7
retrap 1
TOTAL new 23
retrap 2


Also seen/heard :
Heron
Buzzard
Kestrel
Sparrowhawk
Woodcock
Greater-spotted woodpecker
Wren
Robin
Mistle thrush
Fieldfare
Redwing
Siskin
Linnet

Mainly forgetting corvids, game birds, gulls, pigeons and tits.

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Wednesday 10th February 2016, 19:34   #23
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Mist netting at Site 1, 6.2.16.

Blackbird new 1
retrap
Chaffinch new 3
retrap
Robin new 2
retrap
Yellowhammer new 2
retrap
TOTAL new 6
retrap 2

One of those days.

Also seen/heard :
Mallard
Greylag geese
Grey partridge
Buzzard
Golden plover
Woodcock
Tawny owl
Skylark
Dunnock
Song thrush

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

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Old Saturday 13th February 2016, 18:54   #24
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 12.2.16

Goldfinch new
retrap 1
Linnet new 38
retrap 51

Since the last report there have been two visits here with no catch - not helped by sparrowhawk.

Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Mallard
Buzzard
Grey partridge
c.30Fieldfare

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Friday 19th February 2016, 15:58   #25
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 18.2.16

Goldfinch new
retrap 1
Linnet new 61
retrap 18

Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Buzzard
Skylark
Chaffinch

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

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