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Ringing near Gifford, Winter 19-20 (1 Viewer)

citrinella

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Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 27.9.19

A decent flock has been drawn to feed on a fantastic stand of cornflower adjacent to the feed station, with significant numbers tempted by rape onto the catching area. Had hoped there would be some migrant linnet with this goldfinch flock, possibly including previously ringed birds, but none were seen though there are lots of linnet feeding on rape stubbles around the farm.

Goldfinch new 28
retrap 1

The retrap was ringed by another member of the group 3.75km away in January.

Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Buzzard
Kestrel
Peewit (2)
Skylark
Meadow pipit
Jay
Reed bunting

On the walk home, 2 grey partridge.

We also had 2 golden plover in this field a week ago (and heard our first this autumn about three weeks ago).

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 

citrinella

Well-known member
Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 11.10.19

Goldfinch new
retrap 1
Linnet new
retrap 1

A flock of 20 (probably all goldfinch) on adjacent wires went into cornflower to feed

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

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 

citrinella

Well-known member
Mist netting at secondary feed station, Site 1, 21.10.19

Blackbird new 1
retrap
Blue tit new 16
retrap 1
Chaffinch new 1
retrap 1
Coal tit new 1
retrap
Dunnock new 8
retrap
Goldcrest new 3
retrap
Goldfinch new 6
retrap
Great tit new 4
retrap
Long tailed tit new 10
retrap
Robin new 1
retrap
Treecreeper new 1
retrap
Tree sparrow new 1
retrap
Yellowhammer new
retrap 1
TOTALS new 53
retrap 3

Our first visit of this year's "winter ringing programme". Not as good as it looks in that another robin was killed in the net by a cat and another tree sparrow killed in the net by a sparrowhawk. The cat was very surprising given the remoteness of the site.

Also seen/heard :
Greylag geese
Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Grey partridge
Tawny owl
Golden plover
Peewit c.250
Skylark
Meadow pipit
Wren
Mistle thrush
Redwing
Jay

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 

citrinella

Well-known member
Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 22.10.19

Linnet new 3
retrap 1

Flocks up to about 30 (including goldfinch) appeared every now and then, few landed on the bait for any length of time, mainly went into surrounding wildflower meadow where there is loads of flower and grass seed.

Also seen/heard
Buzzard
Greylag geese
Skylark
Meadow pipit
Goldfinch

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 

citrinella

Well-known member
Mist netting at Site 2, lower site, 28.10.19

Blackbird new 3
retrap 3
Bullfinch new 1
retrap
Chaffinch new 1
retrap
Coal tit new 1
retrap
Dunnock new 1
retrap 3
Great tit new 1
retrap
Long tailed tit new 1
retrap 3
Robin new
retrap 2
Song Thrush new 2
retrap
Wren new 2
retrap 1
TOTAL new 13
retrap 12


Also seen/heard :
Heron 1
Mallard
Buzzard
Tawny owl
Great spotted woodpecker
Nuthatch
Jay
Magpie
Mistle thrush
Tree sparrow
Goldfinch
Siskin


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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 

citrinella

Well-known member
Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 30.10.19

Goldfinch new 7
retrap 1
Linnet new 16
retrap 11


Also seen/heard
Buzzard
Greylag geese
Skylark
Meadow pipit
Reed bunting

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 

citrinella

Well-known member
Mist netting at Site 1, 31.10.19.

Blackbird new 7
retrap 1
Blue tit new 5
retrap 1
Dunnock new 1
retrap
Fieldfare new 1
retrap
Goldcrest new 1
retrap
Great tit new 3
retrap
Long tailed tit new 2
retrap 2
Redwing new 9
retrap
Reed bunting new 3
retrap
Robin new 5
retrap
Song Thrush new 1
retrap
Tree sparrow new 7
retrap
Wren new 3
retrap
Yellowhammer new 2
retrap
TOTAL new 50
retrap 4


Also seen/heard :
Heron
Greylag geese
Pink footed geese
Mallard
Buzzard 3
Sparrowhawk
Grey partridge
Golden plover
Peewit
Tawny owl
Barn owl
Great spotted woodpecker
Skylark
Meadow pipit
Chaffinch
Bullfinch
Goldfinch

15+ Redwing were present on and off
80+ Fieldfare were counted

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 

citrinella

Well-known member
Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 10.11.19

Goldfinch new 3
retrap
Linnet new 78
retrap 13


Also seen/heard
Greylag geese
Pink-footed geese
Reed bunting

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 

citrinella

Well-known member
Mist netting at Site 2, 13.11.19, upper site.

Blackbird new 6
retrap
Blue tit new 3
retrap 1
Bullfinch new 2
retrap
Chaffinch new 2
retrap
Coal tit new 1
retrap
Dunnock new 3
retrap 1
Great tit new 4
retrap
Long tailed tit new 9
retrap
Redwing new 15
retrap
Robin new 5
retrap
Tree sparrow new 13
retrap
Yellowhammer new 3
retrap 1
TOTAL new 66
retrap 3


Also seen/heard :
Buzzard
Tawny owl
Skylark
Pied wagtail
Field fare 2
Mistle thrush 2
Jay
Siskin
Linnet
Redpoll
Reed bunting


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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 

citrinella

Well-known member
Mist netting at secondary feed station, Site 1, 18.11.19

Blue tit new 2
retrap
Chaffinch new 9
retrap 1
Dunnock new 4
retrap 7
Grey partridge new 2
retrap
Reed bunting new 3
retrap
Robin new 1
retrap 2
Tree sparrow new 16
retrap 3
Wren new 2
retrap
TOTALS new 39
retrap 13


Also seen/heard :
Greylag geese
Pink-footed geese
Buzzard
Tawny owl
Peewit
Skylark
Jay
Goldfinch
Yellowhammer

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 

citrinella

Well-known member
Mist netting at Site 2, lower site, 24.11.19

Blackbird new 3
retrap 2
Blue tit new 5
retrap
Chaffinch new 3
retrap 1
Coal tit new 1
retrap
Dunnock new 4
retrap 5
Goldcrest new 1
retrap
Great tit new 4
retrap
Linnet new 3
retrap
Robin new 1
retrap
Tree sparrow new
retrap 1
Wren new 1
retrap
TOTAL new 26
retrap 9

The linnets were caught from a flock of 50+ using a tape lure.

Also seen/heard :
Pink-footed geese
Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Tawny owl
Nuthatch
Jay
Fieldfare
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Bullfinch

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 

citrinella

Well-known member
Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 25.11.19

Goldfinch new 15
retrap 3
Linnet new 6
retrap 3

Session curtailed by rain.

Also seen/heard
Buzzard
Greylag geese
Skylark
Meadow pipit
Reed bunting

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 

citrinella

Well-known member
Mist netting at Site 2, 30.11.19, upper site.

Blue tit new 3
retrap
Chaffinch new 4
retrap
Coal tit new 1
retrap 1
Dunnock new 2
retrap 1
Great tit new
retrap 1
Reed bunting new 2
retrap
Robin new 2
retrap 1
Tree sparrow new 11
retrap
Wren new 1
retrap
TOTAL new 26
retrap 4


Also seen/heard :
Whooper swan 3
Buzzard
Tawny owl
Blackbird
Fieldfare
Redwing
Jay
Brambling
Linnet c.40
Bullfinch
Yellowhammer

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 
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citrinella

Well-known member
Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 4.12.19

Goldfinch new 6
retrap 4
Linnet new 13
retrap 2

Hard work as birds are feeding in wild bird cover and wildflowers. On a recent visit c.200 could be seen feeding a few hundred metres away, but none came to bait at all.

Also seen/heard
Buzzard
Greylag geese
Skylark
Yellowhammer
Reed bunting

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 

citrinella

Well-known member
Mist netting at Site 1, 7.12.19.

Blackbird new 2
retrap
Chaffinch new 7
retrap
Dunnock new 4
retrap 1
Fieldfare new 4
retrap
Goldcrest new 2
retrap
Robin new 1
retrap 4
Tree sparrow new 14
retrap 1
Yellowhammer new 1
retrap
TOTAL new 35
retrap 6

One of our usual nets was not used as it was too open to the wind.

Also seen/heard :
Greylag geese
Pink footed geese
Buzzard
Grey partridge 10+
Tawny owl
Skylark
Brambling
Bullfinch

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 

citrinella

Well-known member
Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 11.12.19

Goldfinch new 15
retrap 3
Linnet new 18
retrap 6


Also seen/heard
Buzzard
Greylag geese
Mallard
Skylark
Yellowhammer
Reed bunting

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 

citrinella

Well-known member
Whoosh netting at rape bait station, site 1, 17.12.19

Goldfinch new 4
retrap 8
Linnet new 13
retrap 7


Also seen/heard
Buzzard
Greylag geese
Yellowhammer 2
Reed bunting 2

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 
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citrinella

Well-known member
Mist netting at secondary feed station, Site 1, 18.12.19

Blackbird new 1
retrap
Blue tit new 7
retrap
Chaffinch new 13
retrap 4
Dunnock new
retrap 7
Goldfinch new
retrap 1
Long tailed tit new 8
retrap
Reed bunting new 1
retrap
Robin new
retrap 2
Tree sparrow new 19
retrap 3
Yellowhammer new 1
retrap
TOTALS new 50
retrap 17


Also seen/heard :
Greylag geese
Pink-footed geese
Buzzard
Tawny owl
Fieldfare
Mistle thrush


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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 

citrinella

Well-known member
Mist netting at Site 2, lower site, 20.12.19

Blackbird new 3
retrap 1
Blue tit new 2
retrap
Chaffinch new 1
retrap
Coal tit new 1
retrap
Dunnock new 2
retrap 9
Great tit new 1
retrap
Redwing new 1
retrap
Robin new 2
retrap 2
TOTAL new 13
retrap 12

The redwing was found tangled in a net spread over a neighbour's holly bush, presumably to protect the berries. Fortunately it had not been there long and was fine.


Also seen/heard :
Buzzard
Tawny owl
Nuthatch
Fieldfare
Mistle thrush
Goldfinch
Linnet 9
Siskin

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

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
 
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delia todd

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Hi Mike, it's great to have a chance to catch up with this thread after my holiday and lovely to see you've Yellowhammers there - I've not seen or heard any round here for ages.

A merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and your family.
 

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