Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Monster Whitlingham Session (inc. control Blackcap V681658 and Chiff DNB916)

At last we got new keys and made it down to Whitlingham Sewage Works for an evening and a morning session. After 97 birds, 85 new (11 retraps) 1 control Blackcap V681658 in the evening session we new it would be even better in the morning...

We furled up around 7pm leaving the birds to feed up the rest of the evening while we set up camp. Iain started the BBQ and set up the moth traps, Karl ran around taking photos of the arse-end of barn owls, while the rest of us sat back and swigged our various warm beers, ciders and sloe gins. We then hit the sack ready for a 3am start...

The morning didn't fail to produce, with a further 151 birds, 135 new (15 retraps (not including previous day retraps)) 1 control Chiffchaff DNB916 bringing the total to a healthy 248, 220 new (26 retraps) 2 controls.

Iain worked his way through the moths and finished with c.900 moths of atleast 154 species!

Highlights include Pine, Privet, Eyed, Poplar and Elephant Hawkmoths, Green Arches, various Golden Y's amongst many more.


Whitlingham Retrap Highlights-

Jay- first ringed as a 3J 2010
Dunnock 2 from 2008, 2 from 2009
Treecreeper one from 2008
Whitethroat one from 2009
Marsh tit- 2 from 2010 and one from 2008
Garden warbler one ringed as a 3J in 2009, the others from 2010

Photos to come

Sunday, 19 June 2011

CES 5 - Norfolk Broads

This reed warbler had clearly lost its tail sometime on its wintering grounds
or on migration and had only grown this stunted half tail with strong fault bars. 
Despite an overcast morning and little wind the numbers of birds on our 5th CES visit were a little disappointing with 33 new & (10 retraps). Our first juvenile sedge warblers and grasshopper warblers of the year were caught.

Norfolk Hawker
Sedge warbler 10 (5)
Robin 1 (1)
Reed warbler 7 (1)
Reed bunting 1
Grasshopper warbler 1 (1)
Treecreeper 0 (2)
Willow warbler 7
Great tit 4
Whitethroat 1
Blackcap 1

Friday, 17 June 2011

Lyster the tracked Cuckoo visits Whitlingham

Ok the news is a bit old but I just noticed on the BTO website that one of their tracked cuckoos Lyster had a satellite fix from our ringing site at Whitlingham Sewage Works on June 1st.

This project is an amazing insight into cuckoo movements, what species will it be next?

Thursday, 16 June 2011

A mass of recoveries - including 3 Foreign Acros

The BTO must have been busy doing another batch of recoveries as all these have just come through -

Foreign Recoveries

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Sedge Warbler (L492157)

Ringing details
Age: 3J  
Ringing date: 08-Aug-2010  
Site name: Bure Marsh (CES), Norfolk

Finding details
Age: 3 
Finding date: 13-Aug-2010  
Zwevegem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Caught by ringers. 
Duration: 5 days    Distance: 247 km    Direction: 149deg (SSE)
Finder: BLB Bruxelles

Reed Warbler (N547424)

Ringing details
Age: 3 
Ringing date: 22-Aug-2007  
Site name: Salcidos, A Guarda, Pontevedra, Spain
Ringer: ESI Madrid (Icona)

Finding details
Age: 4  Sex: F  
Finding date: 31-Jul-2010  
Site name: Bure Marsh (CES), Norfolk
Duration: 1074 days    Distance: 1426 km    Direction: 33deg (NNE)
 Finder: UEA Ringing Group

 Reed Warbler (5449997)

Ringing details
Age: 4  
Ringing date: 09-Aug-2008  
Site name: Camping 2, Chenac-Saint-Seurin-D'Uzet, Charente-Maritime, France
Ringer: FRP Paris, -11
Finding details
Age: 4  Sex: F
Finding date: 29-Jun-2010  
Site name: Bure Marsh (CES), Norfolk
Duration: 689 days    Distance: 777 km    Direction: 13deg (NNE)
Finder: UEA Ringing Group

Local Recoveries

Unfortunately all the local recoveries came to an untimely end...

Kestrel - ringed at Wheatfen, Surlingham - Found dead (Road casualty) 
Duration: 596 days    Distance: 0 km  

Starling - ringed on Wheatley Rd, Norwich - Found dead (no detail), 
Duration: 148 days    Distance: 2 km

Starling - ringed at UEA - Found dead (no detail), 
Duration: 705 days    Distance: 6 km

Blue Tit - ringed on Wheatley Rd, Norwich - Found dead (taken by cat), 
Duration: 187 days    Distance: 0 km

Goldfinch - ringed at UEA - Found dead (no detail), 
Duration: 404 days    Distance: 3 km

Blue Tit - ringed in East Carleton - Found dead (in fruit netting), 
Duration: 161 days    Distance: 0 km

Blue Tit - ringed in East Carleton - Found dead (Foot caught in anti-squirrel feeder),
Duration: 86 days, Distance: 0 km 

Blackbird ringed in East Carleton - Found dead (hit window), 
Duration: 40 days    Distance: 0 km

Monday, 13 June 2011

CES 4 - Norfolk Broads

This weeks CES totals - no extra nets this time. 23 new (28 retrap).

Sedge warbler 7(14)
Robin 3(1)
Grasshopper warbler 4(2)
Reed bunting 1(2)
Reed warbler 1(4)
Willow warbler 4(3)
Blackcap 0(1)
Cetti's warbler 2
Wren 1
Great tit 0(1)

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Treecreeper Ring read

While on Campus yesterday managed to string together some photos to get a ring read on this treec - DBL672 - confirmed in on IPMR today. Ringed on 10th December 2009.