Saturday, 13 January 2018

December 2017 - The Redwing and Fieldfare month

260 birds were reported ringed in December, the highest for the month since 2014. Thrushes featured strongly with four species in double figures and Redwing at 55 coming in at top species and captures at six sites.

Fieldfare was second at 33, just edging out Blue Tit on 32. Eleven Chiffchaff and a Blackcap were ringed and there were nice controls of a Meadow Pipit, and Lesser Redpoll from both east and west coasts in Black Park.

Fieldfare (Eleanor Page)

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

November 2017 - the season starts with Goldcrests, Firecrests & Redwing

November totals vary depending on weather conditions and the numbers of redpoll and Meadow Pipits visiting. Neither species were abundant this month but the total of 226 new birds is very close to last year when half of the birds were redpoll.

Top species was Blue Tit (57) followed by Great Tit on 34. Goldcrest reached 29 and Redwing 22 but Meadow Pipit only gave 10 and Lesser Redpoll 9; four of which were in atypical habitat at Bedfont South Side.

There were single Blackcap and Chiffchaff but festive Robins only mustered 6 and 3 Firecrest brought colour to Stanwellmoor (2) and Woolley Firs (1).

Monday, 20 November 2017

October 2017 - Portuguese record for Chiffchaff

With a total of 604 new birds of 31 species, this month was around normal for October, yet only half that of 2016, when Lesser Redpoll were present in large numbers.

Lesser Redpoll were still top species this month, with 149 at Chobham and Black Park, followed by Goldcrest at 117, well distributed across all main sites.

Chiffchaff (41) were mostly at Tythebarns early in the month and Meadow Pipit (36) and Redwing (12) reflected the changing seasons. Species of note were 2 Stonechat at Stanwellmoor, 2 Yellowhammer at Woolley Firs and 3 Mute Swan at Bedfont.

Recoveries reported include a Chiffchaff from Faro, Portugal (1,716km from us) and Lesser Redpoll from 2016 passing through Landguard Point, Suffolk in 2017.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

September 2017 numbers were a little higher to last season

This September's total of 964 new birds of 33 species is slightly higher than 2016 (946) and the totals for each species are pretty close, with the main variations being Meadow Pipit 38 (was 2), Reed Warbler 6 (was 15), Willow Warbler 2 (was 17), Dunnock 27 (was 44), Robin 19 (was 34) and Goldcrest 17 (was 5).

Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and the Yellow Wagtail were unusual records.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

August bring a diversity of bird species - 2017

As usual, August was even busier than July, with a total of 945 new birds of 42 species.

These included migrants such as two Sand Martins, a Tree Pipit and a Yellow Wagtail at Stanwellmoor and two Redstarts at Chobham. We also caught some more infrequent species: Moorhen (Wraysbury), Woodpigeon (Bedfont and Wraysbury), Collared Dove (Iver Heath) and Magpie (Wraysbury), with a late Common Tern chick at Bedfont.

Highest numbers were Blackcap at 295, Chiffchaff at 126 and Whitethroat at 122, but Willow Warbler reached a pleasing 24. There were a couple of rapid sightings of colour-ringed Common Terns and a recovery of a Redwing in Sweden.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Busy July for birds and bird ringers - July 2017

With juveniles dispersing and adult migrants starting to move, the July total of 837 of 35 species.

This does not reflect the effort put in by teams as some CES sessions gave lower numbers than expected and mowing at Wraysbury reduced the cover and feeding opportunities. Nevertheless, 837 compares well with July in previous years and is the highest since 2011.

The most abundant species was Blackcap on 173 with Whitethroat on 141 and Garden Warbler 109.

Good records were of two Nightjar, two Stonechats, five Dartford Warblers, eight Greenfinch and 14 Linnet. Robins were high at 45 but Wren only mustered nine. Details came in for a Reed Warbler, ringed just north of Basle in Switzerland in 2015 and controlled at Stanwellmoor in 20017.

High summer for breeding birds - June 2017

CES sessions continued at Bedfont and Wraysbury but with Wraysbury giving totals rather below the site's average.

Four visits to Chobham produced good records of the target species – single Nightjar, Woodlark, Tree Pipit and Stonechat, with 7 Dartford Warbler plus two retraps.

Stanwellmoor gave a pullus Lapwing raising the monthly total to 325 of 31 species. Great Tit was the top catch on 67 with Blackcap on 36 closely followed by Blue Tit on 31 and Chiffchaff on 29.