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Ringing near Gifford, Winter 18-19

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Old Sunday 30th September 2018, 18:57   #1
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Ringing near Gifford, Winter 18-19

Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 30.9.18

Linnet new 5
retrap 2

We often get a flock feeding at this time of year and wonder if they are migrants passing through - but never have time to catch them. 30+ were present on Friday when I returned from a short absence and with work being well ahead this year I had time to try to catch this morning. The two retraps were ringed in early 2017.


Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Pink-footed geese
Redshank
Skylark
Meadow pipit
Wren
Goldfinch

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Friday 12th October 2018, 13:55   #2
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 10.10.18

Goldfinch new 1
retrap
Linnet new 24
retrap 5

60+ present. Normally at this time of year they feed in fields that have come out of rape. Why not this year ? There was a flock in one such field for a while, the field was then worked and now sown but that doesn't usually stop them.

Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Pink-footed geese
Buzzard
Peewit (2)
Skylark
Meadow pipit
Robin


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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Tuesday 16th October 2018, 20:35   #3
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 15.10.18

Goldfinch new 6
retrap
Linnet new 44
retrap 9

Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Mallard
Buzzard
Jay
Skylark
Meadow pipit

A few skeins of geese passed over while I was too busy to think about them properly but I suspect they were barnacle - it is a long time since I lived at Caerlaverock :-)


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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Saturday 20th October 2018, 19:15   #4
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Our winter farmland bird mist netting programme has started again, slightly delayed. We are likely to suffer disruption for a while as the two most active ringers are bothe due hernia repairs in the next few weeks.

Mist netting at Site 1, 20.10.18.

Blackbird new 3
retrap 1
Blue tit new 5
retrap 1
Chaffinch new 5
retrap
Dunnock new 2
retrap
Goldcrest new 1
retrap
Goldfinch new 1
retrap
Robin new 2
retrap 2
Tree sparrow new 4
retrap
Wren new 1
retrap
Yellowhammer new 6
retrap
TOTAL new 30
retrap 4

Even when we used to catch 150+ yellowhammer each winter at this site, we did not catch many before new year. For instance we were asked by GWCT to colour ring yellowhammer to contribute to one of their studies. The protocol required colour ringing from 1st October to 31st December inclusive with a target of 30 birds. We managed 11. While this is an encouraging start to our catching it bears similarities to the situation with linnet - a suggestion that the birds are needing the artificial feed much earlier than usual.


Also seen/heard :
Buzzard
Tawny owl
Skylark
Meadow pipit
Long-tailed tit
Greenfinch
Bullfinch

For the first time I can ever remember the number of moths coming to my headtorch was genuinely distracting. I use a yellowish halogen bulb, they did not seem attracted to my companion's bluer LED torch at all. We also had a bat flying close to us but fortunately it did not get caught in a net.

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

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Old Monday 22nd October 2018, 21:21   #5
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 22.10.18

Goldfinch new
retrap 1
Linnet new 62
retrap 10

Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Buzzard
Peewit
Skylark
Meadow pipit


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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Saturday 27th October 2018, 10:39   #6
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 26.10.18

Linnet new 13
retrap 7

Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Pink-footed geese
Buzzard
Kestrel
Golden plover
Skylark
Goldfinch
Reed bunting

Max 70-80 birds present but the kestrel seemed to be causing major distubance so they were not settling to feed. Kestrel sat on an electricity pole shouting it's head off for ages - we had a pair in early March but the female disappeared during the snow, maybe this male is from that pair now trying to find a new mate.

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

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Old Sunday 28th October 2018, 14:46   #7
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Mist netting at Site 2, 8.3.18.
This was at our upper site.

Blackbird new 6
retrap
Blue tit new 3
retrap
Chaffinch new 4
retrap 1
Dunnock new 6
retrap 1
Great tit new 1
retrap
Redwing new 1
retrap
Reed bunting new 1
retrap
Robin new 4
retrap
Tree sparrow new 22
retrap
Yellowhammer new 1
retrap
TOTAL new 49
retrap 2


Also seen/heard :
Buzzard
Tawny owl
Jay
Skylark
Meadow pipit
Long-tailed tit 15
Siskin
Bullfinch
Goldfinch
Linnet

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

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Old Sunday 28th October 2018, 15:03   #8
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A goodly list there Mike. Lovely to see so many Tree Sparrows and Dunnocks too.

I'm a bit confused by your date though 8.3.18 would put it in Winter 17-18, would it not?
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Old Monday 29th October 2018, 16:59   #9
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Apologies all and thanks to Delia .... copy and paste error, date was really 28.10.18.

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Old Monday 29th October 2018, 17:02   #10
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Cheers Mike.

Guess you can't edit your post now - do you want me to change the date on it for you?
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Old Monday 29th October 2018, 17:04   #11
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Mist netting at Site 2, 29.10.18.
This was at our lower site.

Blackbird new 3
retrap
Blue tit new 5
retrap
Chaffinch new 13
retrap
Dunnock new 6
retrap 3
Great tit new 4
retrap 2
Redwing new 1
retrap
Reed bunting new 1
retrap
Robin new 1
retrap 1
Tree sparrow new 8
retrap 2
Wren new 7
retrap
TOTAL new 49
retrap 8



Also seen/heard :
Heron
Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Tawny owl
Jay
Fieldfare c.40
Nuthatch
Goldfinch
Yellowhammer


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

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Old Wednesday 31st October 2018, 16:39   #12
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 31.10.18

Goldfinch new 3
retrap 2
Linnet new 63
retrap 30

Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Buzzard
Skylark
Mistle thrush
Fieldfare c.100

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

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Old Monday 5th November 2018, 16:04   #13
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Mist netting at secondary feed station, Site 1, 5.11.18.

Blackbird new 1
retrap
Blue tit new 10
retrap 1
Brambling new 1
retrap
Chaffinch new 12
retrap 2
Dunnock new 4
retrap
Fieldfare new 1
retrap
Great tit new 1
retrap 1
Mistle thrush new 1
retrap
Robin new 1
retrap
Tree sparrow new 18
retrap
Wren new 1
retrap
TOTALS new 51
retrap 5


Also seen/heard :
Heron
Greylag geese
Buzzard
Tawny owl
Golden plover
Skylark
Linnet c.170
Goldfinch
Reed bunting
Yellowhammer


Surprised to find a large linnet flock feeding in wheat, previous crop was wheat. Last year we had loads of linnet feeding here, but the previous crop was rape. Perhaps some rape seed is still available for them (the field has not been ploughed since the rape).

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

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Old Wednesday 7th November 2018, 16:04   #14
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 6.11.18

Goldfinch new 2
retrap
Linnet new 25
retrap 15

Also seen/heard
Mallard
Teal
Buzzard
Tawny owl
Skylark
Fieldfare 200+

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

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Old Sunday 11th November 2018, 17:04   #15
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Mist netting at Site 1, 11.11.18.

Blackbird new 1
retrap
Blackcap new 1
retrap
Blue tit new 1
retrap 1
Chaffinch new 7
retrap
Coal tit new 1
retrap
Dunnock new 4
retrap 2
Fieldfare new 9
retrap
Goldfinch new 1
retrap
Great tit new 1
retrap
Long tailed tit new 13
retrap
Redwing new 1
retrap
Reed bunting new 2
retrap
Robin new
retrap 3
Tree sparrow new 9
retrap 1
Yellowhammer new 3
retrap
TOTAL new 54
retrap 7

That is our first ever "winter" blackcap at this site.

Also seen/heard :
Greylag goose
Pink footed goose
Mallard
Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Tawny owl
Holden plover
Skylark 25+
Wren

We had 60-80 fieldfare around the catching site then 200+ further away a while later.

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

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Old Monday 12th November 2018, 19:43   #16
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 12.11.18

Goldfinch new 23
retrap 3
Greenfinch new 1
retrap
Linnet new 26
retrap 8

Also seen/heard
Greylag goose
Buzzard
Skylark
Fieldfare 400+

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

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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 19.11.18

Goldfinch new 11
retrap 6
Linnet new 18
retrap 10

Special thanks to Andrew for standing in for me to keep the project going while I recover from a minor operation. Due to the difficulty Andrew has hearing from inside the hide there will no list of other species for the time being.

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Old Tuesday 20th November 2018, 16:11   #18
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I hope you recover very soon Mike!!
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Mist netting at Site 2 (upper), 22.11.18.

Blackbird new 2
retrap 1
Blue tit new 7
retrap 2
Chaffinch new 5
retrap
Coal tit new 1
retrap
Dunnock new 2
retrap 1
Great tit new 2
retrap
Long tailed tit new 12
retrap 1
Redwing new 4
retrap
Reed bunting new 1
retrap 1
Robin new
retrap 1
Sparrowhawk new 1
retrap
Tree sparrow new 14
retrap 13
Wren new 1
retrap
Yellowhammer new 1
retrap
TOTAL new 53
retrap 20

Session curtailed by rain.

Also seen/heard :
Buzzard
Tawny owl
Jay
Brambling
Goldfinch

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

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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 27.11.18

Goldfinch new 12
retrap 15
Linnet new 26
retrap 32

Retrapped linnets included a very good number of birds ringed prior to this winter including 2 ringed 4 winters ago and 1 ringed five winters ago.

Also seen/heard
Greylag goose
Grey partridge
Buzzard
Kestrel
Skylark
Reed bunting

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

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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 3.12.18

Goldfinch new 3
retrap 3
Linnet new 25
retrap 13


Also seen/heard
Mallard
Buzzard
Skylark
Reed bunting

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

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Mist netting at Site 2, 1.12.18.
This was at our lower site.

Blackbird new 3
retrap 1
Blue tit new 6
retrap 1
Chaffinch new 31
retrap 3
Dunnock new 5
retrap 12
Great tit new 2
retrap 1
Long tailed tit new 5
retrap
Nuthatch new 2
retrap
Redwing new 1
retrap
Reed bunting new 2
retrap
Robin new 4
retrap 2
Tree sparrow new 2
retrap 1
Wren new 2
retrap
TOTAL new 65
retrap 21


Also seen/heard :
Heron
Mallard
Buzzard
Tawny owl
Siskin

A few hundred meters after leaving the farm entrance we put up a flock of small birds with 3-4 brambling showing.

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

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Mist netting at secondary feed station, Site 1, 4.12.18.

Blackbird new 4
retrap 1
Blue tit new 1
retrap 1
Chaffinch new 7
retrap 4
Dunnock new 2
retrap 2
Great tit new 2
retrap
Robin new 0
retrap 2
Tree sparrow new 13
retrap 2
Wren new 1
retrap
Yellowhammer new 1
retrap
TOTALS new 31
retrap 12

One of the tree sparrow retraps was not ringed with one of our Group rings. We do know from the new BTO software it was ringed as a pullus this summer, but not where.

A dog walker ambling down a stubble pushed a large flock of finches, sparrows and yellowhammer right over our nets, but not one was caught.

Also seen/heard :
Greylag geese
Canada geese
Buzzard
Kestrel
Barn owl
Skylark
Brambling
Goldfinch
Siskin

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.

Update - BTO have informed us the tree sparrow was ringed in Berwicshire in June as a nestling, 32km distant.

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Mist netting at Site 1, 10.12.18.

Blackbird new 2
retrap
Chaffinch new 1
retrap 4
Dunnock new 1
retrap 1
Robin new
retrap 3
Tree sparrow new 5
retrap 1
Wren new 1
retrap
TOTAL new 10
retrap 9


Also seen/heard :
Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Grey partridge
Tawny owl
Golden plover, several groups, largest 44
Skylark
Fieldfare 10
Yellowhammer
Reed bunting

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.

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