Saturday 1 February 2020

Brisk winds limit bird ringing sessions - January 2020

Suitable days for ringing were limited by rather brisk winds throughout although Bedfont, Wooley Firs and the Heston garden did manage nine sessions between them.

The total of 153 new birds was one of our lowest January figures but did include Kestrel, Firecrest, Nuthatch and Yellowhammer amongst the 18 species.

Adult Female Kestrel Primaries

Nearly 50% of the catch were Blue Tit at 74 with Great Tit at 29.

Retraps and controls included a Cetti’s Warbler at Stanwell Reservor ringed over 3 years ago; a Blackcap ringed at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory in the summer of 2017 and retrapped at Bedfont in April 2019; and a Goldcrest ringed at Gilbraltar Point in October 2019 and recorded at Bedfont in that December.