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Ringing near Gifford Winter 2013-14

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Old Tuesday 5th November 2013, 07:44   #1
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Ringing near Gifford Winter 2013-14

Straight into full swing at site 2 on Saturday. This is a wild bird cover site, with two or three feeders added last winter. The wild bird cover was almost non-existent last winter - absolutely typical locally following the dreadful summer - and we only ringed 47 birds in total. Our project aims to elucidate the value and reliability of different feeding strategies, making this valuable "lack of data".

Site 3 will not be used at all this winter due to problems with cats.

Mist netting at Site 2, 2/11/13.

Blackbird new 3
retrap
Blue tit new 7
retrap
Chaffinch new 4
retrap 1
Dunnock new 9
retrap
Goldcrest new 2
retrap
Long tailed tit new 14
retrap
Robin new 6
retrap
Treecreeper new 1
retrap
Tree sparrow new 12
retrap
Wren new 5
retrap
TOTAL new 63
retrap 1


Also seen/heard :
Buzzard
Tawny owl 6+
Pink footed geese 200+
Mallard
Goosander
Stock dove
Greater spotted woodpecker
Fieldfare
Mistle thrush
Jay
Brambling
Bullfinch
Siskin c.15
Redpoll 6+
Reed bunting

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Tuesday 12th November 2013, 06:45   #2
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Mist netting at Site 1, 9/11/13.

Blackbird new 3
retrap 1
Chaffinch new 18
retrap
Dunnock new 4
retrap 2
Fieldfare new 1
retrap
Goldcrest new 1
retrap
Robin new 4
retrap 1
Tree sparrow new 16
retrap
Wren new 4
retrap
TOTAL new 51
retrap 4


Also seen/heard :
Greylag
Buzzard
Golden plover
Tawny owl 2+
Skylark
Jay
Goldfinch
Bullfinch

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Thursday 14th November 2013, 10:50   #3
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 13/11/2013

Linnet new 103
retrap 14

Also seen/heard
Greylag goose
Tawny owl
Skylark

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Monday 18th November 2013, 19:58   #4
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Mist netting in my garden, Site 1, 17/11/13.

Blue tit new 6
retrap 1
Bullfinch new 1
retrap
Chaffinch new 2
retrap
Dunnock new 2
retrap 3
Great tit new 1
retrap 1
House sparrow new 17
retrap 6
Robin new
retrap 3
Tree sparrow new 6
retrap 4
Wren new 3
retrap 1
TOTAL new 38
retrap 20



Also seen/heard :
Greylag
Buzzard
Kestrel
Tawny owl 2+
Skylark
Pied wagtail
Blackbird
Fieldfare

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Friday 22nd November 2013, 15:25   #5
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 22/11/2013

Linnet new 41
retrap 26

Also seen/heard
Buzzard
Grey partridge
Golden plover
Tawny owl
Skylark
Fieldfare
Chaffinch

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Monday 25th November 2013, 15:54   #6
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Mist netting at Site 2, 23/11/13.

Blackbird new 6
retrap 2
Blackcap new 1
retrap
Blue tit new
retrap 1
Chaffinch new 5
retrap 1
Dunnock new 4
retrap 3
Goldfinch new 1
retrap
Great tit new 1
retrap
Redwing new
retrap 1
Reed bunting new 2
retrap
Robin new
retrap 1
Tree sparrow new 5
retrap
Wren new 2
retrap 1
TOTAL new 27
retrap 10

The redwing "retrap" had a Stavanger ring.

Also seen/heard :
Tawny owl 3+
Mallard
Heron
Stock dove
Greater spotted woodpecker
Nuthatch 2+
Grey wagtail
Jay
Greenfinch
Bullfinch

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Saturday 30th November 2013, 12:05   #7
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Site 3 will not be used at all this winter due to problems with cats.
I've had some apparent success with orange and other citrus peel scattered around my feeding area. Haven't seen a cat for weeks, even though they are all over the village.
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Old Saturday 30th November 2013, 16:11   #8
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I've had some apparent success with orange and other citrus peel scattered around my feeding area. Haven't seen a cat for weeks, even though they are all over the village.
Hi John,

Glad you have cleared your garden. you are a wee bit out the village, this site is right next to houses and we have no control over the occupiers ! The nearest cottage is owned by the person who allows us to ring, and they like their tenant ...

Hope you are both well, Mike.
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Old Wednesday 4th December 2013, 19:02   #9
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 4/12/2013

Linnet new 29
retrap 9

Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Buzzard
Grey partridge
Skylark
Goldfinch
The goldfinch were down to feed but it was not safe to catch when a pheasant came along and chased all away. On the walk home I had c.15 yellowhammer in a hedge. Yesterday another hedge here held 200+ fieldfare.

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Monday 9th December 2013, 10:01   #10
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Mist netting at Site 1, 7/12/13.

Blackbird new 9
retrap
Chaffinch new 23
retrap 3
Dunnock new 1
retrap 4
Goldcrest new 2
retrap
Greenfinch new 2
retrap
Robin new
retrap 2
Tree sparrow new 23
retrap
TOTAL new 60
retrap 9


Also seen/heard :
Greylag
Buzzard
Golden plover
Tawny owl 3+
Jay
Brambling
Bullfinch
Yellowhammer

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Thursday 12th December 2013, 06:52   #11
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 11/12/2013

Goldfinch new 4
retrap
Linnet new 15
retrap 7

Slow ! this was three catches, but plenty birds about the farm - we have abundant other feed sources and very mild weather just now.

Also seen/heard
Pink-footed geese
Golden Plover
Skylark
Blackbird

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Monday 16th December 2013, 09:36   #12
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Mist netting at Site 2, 14/12/13.
Session curtailed by weather.

Blackbird new 4
retrap
Chaffinch new 1
retrap
Dunnock new
retrap 1
Robin new
retrap 1
TOTAL new 5
retrap 2


Also seen/heard :
Heron
Tawny owl 2+
Redwing c.8
Tree sparrow
Bullfinch
Linnet 25-30
Yellowhammer

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Tuesday 17th December 2013, 19:42   #13
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 17/12/2013

Goldfinch new 3
retrap 3
Linnet new 35
retrap 17
Lesser Redpoll new 1
retrap
Total new 39
retrap 20


Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Grey partridge
Buzzard
Tawny owl
c.80 Fieldfare
and on the walk back
Robin
Wren
Blackbird
Mistle thrush
Chaffinch

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Monday 23rd December 2013, 16:00   #14
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 23/12/2013

Goldfinch new 1
retrap 2
Linnet new 71
retrap 31

Also seen/heard
Buzzard

Walking out/in
Tawny owl
Wren
Robin
Blackbird
Mistle thrush
Fieldfare
Redwing

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Monday 30th December 2013, 07:51   #15
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Mist netting at Site 1, 26/12/13.

Blackbird new 3
retrap
Brambling new 1
retrap
Chaffinch new 11
retrap 2
Dunnock new 1
retrap 5
Robin new
retrap 4
Tree sparrow new 2
retrap 1
Wren new 2
retrap
TOTAL new 20
retrap 12



Also seen/heard :
Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Golden plover
Tawny owl 2+
Skylark
Goldfinch
Yellowhammer

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.

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Old Monday 30th December 2013, 14:25   #16
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Mist netting at Site 2, 29/12/13.

Blackbird new
retrap 1
Chaffinch new 4
retrap
Dunnock new
retrap 4
Great tit new 1
retrap 1
Robin new
retrap 1
Tree sparrow new 3
retrap
TOTAL new 8
retrap 7


Also seen/heard :
Heron
Buzzard
Mallard
Tawny owl 5+
Dipper
Goldfinch
Bullfinch
Linnet c.45
Siskin
Yellowhammer

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Friday 3rd January 2014, 09:45   #17
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Happy New Year everyone.

Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 2/1/2014

Goldfinch new 1
retrap
Linnet new 37
retrap 35

Also seen/heard
Mallard
Greylag geese
Pink-footed geese

Walking out/in
Fieldfare 40-50

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Friday 10th January 2014, 16:29   #18
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 10/1/2014

Goldfinch new 1
retrap 7
Linnet new 28
retrap 34


Also seen/heard
Mallard
Greylag geese
Wren
Chaffinch
Yellowhammer

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Tuesday 14th January 2014, 07:11   #19
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Mist netting at Site 1, 12/1/14.

Blackbird new 1
retrap
Chaffinch new 12
retrap 2
Dunnock new 1
retrap 1
Goldcrest new
retrap 1
Robin new
retrap 1
Tree sparrow new 6
retrap
Yellowhammer new 3
retrap
TOTAL new 26
retrap 5



Also seen/heard :
Grey partridge
Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Golden plover
Tawny owl 2+
Pied wagtail
Skylark
Wren
Fieldfare
Long-tailed tit

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Wednesday 15th January 2014, 06:38   #20
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Mist netting in my steading at Site 1, 14/1/14.

Dunnock new
retrap 2
House sparrow new 1
retrap 11

No other species detected in the shed.

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Old Monday 3rd February 2014, 11:05   #21
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Mist netting at in my garden, Site 1, 30/1/14.

Blue tit new 1
retrap 1
Chaffinch new 1
retrap
Dunnock new 2
retrap
Reed bunting new 1
retrap 1
Robin new
retrap 1
Yellowhammer new 2
retrap
TOTAL new 7
retrap 3


Also seen/heard :
Mallard
Tawny owl 2+
Blackbird
House sparrow

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 31/1/2014

Goldfinch new 2
retrap 8
Linnet new 6
retrap 4

This project has hit a sight hiatus since the last catch on the 10th. Woodpigeons have invaded and are unsettling the linnet, and opportunities have been limited by the weather. On the 16th we failed to take any catch. Last week conservation work took priority as I had the free loan of a digger to do some pond maintenance. Things had been looking good earlier in the week, but yesterday the bird scarer on the neighbouring rape crop packed up, hundreds of pigeons moved in with 30 on the rape bait where we catch. Today there were few linnets, and very unsettled. The scarer has been fixed, so here is hoping for next visit.

Also seen/heard
Mallard
Buzzard
Golden Plover

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Friday 7th February 2014, 07:01   #23
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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 6/2/2014

Goldfinch new 3
retrap 10
Linnet new 7
retrap 16


Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Mallard
Buzzard
Kestrel 2m; 1f
Golden Plover
Skylark
Jay
Robin
Blackbird
Mistle thrush
Chaffinch

A pleasant morning for a change, emphasized by having the first really prolonged skylark song I have heard this year.

Over 80 small finches present early on with modest numbers just starting to feed when 8 greylag passed low overhead. I couldn't believe this was what spooked the finches, and as the goose cacophony started to lessen an almighty kee-ke-ke-kee became obvious. The two male kestrel were squabling, perhaps over the female, all perched on the next door telegraph pole. The linnets are normally un-worried about a kestrel, or buzzard, but I guess three like that was too much.

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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Old Sunday 9th February 2014, 19:43   #24
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Mist netting at Site 1, 8/2/14.

Blackbird new
retrap 1
Brambling new 1
retrap
Chaffinch new 9
retrap
Dunnock new
retrap 2
Robin new 1
retrap
Tree sparrow new 1
retrap
Wren new
retrap 1
Yellowhammer new 16
retrap
TOTAL new 28
retrap 4


Also seen/heard :
Buzzard
Golden plover (and c.80 over the steading just after we finished)
Tawny owl
Pied wagtail
Skylark
House sparrow
Linnet

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.

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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 12/2/2014

Goldfinch new 4
retrap 9
Linnet new 36
retrap 26


Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Mallard
Golden Plover
Skylark
Yellowhammer

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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