Monday, 28 September 2020

Bird ringing under Covid-19 - August 2020

Although the East coast experienced north-east winds bringing good falls of migrants, only Pied Flycatcher seemed to penetrate inland with 30-40 reported near our area up to 18th. Unfortunately, this was a period when we could not cover Wraysbury, the most likely site for this species to turn up.

189 new birds of 21 species were ringed, mostly at Bedfont. Top species was Blackcap (39) just beating Reed Warbler (36) and well clear of Blue Tit (25). Nice records were of a Kingfisher and two more pulli Common Terns, plus the return of House Sparrow to the Heston garden.

A six-year old Robin extended the Group longevity record by six days. 

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