Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Public ringing demo at Woolley Firs, BBOWT

The postponed ringing demo went ahead on 7th March - a date picked using long-range weather forecasts.

A small but hardy group came to see a bird ringing session. They listened to Erica Wells, Runnymede RG member, about the ringing scheme (and asked lots of questions) and Erica explained what we're doing on the farm and how it fits into the national scheme.

Public at a ringing sesson at Woolley Firs (photo: K Tarratt)
House Sparrow, only the second caught at the feeders in 9 years (photo: K Tarratt)

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Second chance to see a bird ringing session

Our February invitation to the public to come to Wolley Firs and see bird ringing in action was postponed due to the storms.

The good news... you can catch us this Saturday!

Details here:

Friday, 24 January 2020

Public invitation to see bird ringing

We'll be demonstrating bird ringing at BBOWT's Woolley Firs reserve on 15th February. See birds up close and join in the Q&A

Coal Tits (male, left & female)

Friday, 17 January 2020

December & 2019's a wrap - Red Kite added to list but poor year for Redpoll

In a month when weather and social pressures conspired against ringing, it is amazing that 8 sessions
were possible, especially as there was no activity at garden sites. 123 birds of 19 species were ringed with Blue Tit top at 62, Great Tit at 23 and Goldcrest at 11.

Good captures this month were Sparrowhawk, Meadow Pipit, Redwing, Cetti’s Warbler, Chiffchaff and 2 Yellowhammer.

New species for the group were 3 Red Kite and a Lesser black-backed Gull, whilst others, rarely ringed by the Group, were Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Nightingale, Redstart and Stonechat.

Blackcap were top species at 1513 followed by Blue Tit 672, Whitethroat 394 and Chiffchaff 390. But did we really only ring one Kingfisher, 3 Siskin and 7 Lesser Redpoll?