A Runnymede Ringing Group trainer, Carl Hunter Roach, gave a talk on the origins of bird ringing and how it has developed. Using species such as Firecrest and Yellowhammer, Carl illustrated how bird ringing across Berkshire and at Woolley Firs Farm itself, fit into the national picture.
As the spring rush got underway, the weather was
not exactly helpful and most sessions were wind-affected or cancelled.
Nightingale (Rachelle Reagan)
145 birds of 23 species were ringed with Blackcap (44) and Chiffchaff (16) the
highest numerically. Showstopper was a Nightingale at Bedfont on 19th,
the first record for the site in 25 years although two Mistle Thrush at
Tythebarns are almost as unusual in RRG tables. A sprinkling of other warbler
species brought some returning regulars from previous years.
Despite a reasonable weather summary for
the month, the facts were that most weekends were just too breezy to launch
The total of only 35 new birds of 14 species reflects this
but does include two Dartford Warblers from Chobham, two Chiffchaff from
Bedfont and a Reed Bunting at both Chobham and Woolley Firs. Even retrap
numbers were low but added interest came from a Cetti’s Warbler at Bedfont and
a Firecrest at Woolley Firs.