Friday 20 November 2015

October 2015

An October total of 707 new birds of 25 species was helped by a purple patch for Lesser Redpoll, when 158 were ringed at Chobham, mostly between 10th and 18th.

Some of these have already shown some rapid movements from both north and south. With other sites, Lesser Redpoll were easily the top species at 184 with Blue Tit a long way behind at 125.

Next three places were closely grouped: with Lotti on 73; Goldcrest at 70 and Chiffchaff at 68. There were good captures of a Stonechat, 3 Dartford Warblers and 9 Reed Bunting at Chobham and 3 Firecrest at Woolley Firs, but the expected Meadow Pipit movement did not materialise with only 7 from Chobham and 12 from Wraysbury.

The capture record for a Reed Warbler that is becoming a regular between our Windsor site and Hilfield, operated by The Maple Cross Ringing Group.

Reed Warbler Capture Table

Windsor, Berks
Hilfield, Herts
Windsor, Berks
Hilfield, Herts
C- Controlled
3y 8m 19d
1358 days
33 km

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Talk at Reading & District Natural History Museum

The talk last month was received well at Pangbourne by members of the RDNHS. The talk gave an overview about the history of bird ringing, where research is leading us and how to train to become a bird ringer.

The audience had a broad range of knowledge and this was reflected in over forty minutes given to the Q&A session following the talk.

Carl Hunter Roach during the Q&A session

September 2015

With several ringers on holiday this month, and no intensive ringing programme at Wraysbury, it is not surprising that this month's total is well down on recent Septembers.

Some sites may yet to report figures but the returned numbers show 486 birds were ringed of 25 species; not high but including some good species-groups.

Blackcap and Chiffchaff dominated at 194 and 71 respectively, and there was a range of 7 warbler species. Goldfinch came in third place at 68 in a range of 5 finch species including 18 Redpoll at Tythebarns and 6 Siskin at Bedfont, whilst representatives of all three hirundines showed at Wraysbury.