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Ringing near Gifford, Winter 18-19

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Old Sunday 30th September 2018, 17:57   #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, 12:55   #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, 19:35   #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, 18:15   #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.

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Yesterday, 20:21   #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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