Thursday, 22 September 2016

Holme Pierrepont, Wednesday 21 September

Duncan and I made a visit to the Skylarks end of Holme Pierrepont today, setting just a few of the usual nets, with a view to removing all the poles and guys from the site at the end of the session if the catch was not exceptional.

The weather conditions were near perfect and catching started steadily but dropped of quite early despite two mp3 players trying to tempt them in. In total we ended with a catch of 44 including 5 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Dunnock 2/1, Robin 5/1, Blackcap 10/0, Chiffchaff 12/1, Reed Warbler 2/0, Blue Tit 1/0, Great Tit 2/0, Goldcrest 2/0, Long-tailed Tit 0/2, Goldfinch 1/0, Reed Bunting 2/0.

The oldest retrap was a Long-tailed Tit from 2014. The only surprise was catching a couple of Reed Warblers as we did not get any at this site 10 days ago. Other than Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, the warblers seem to have gone and Blackcaps are in much reduced numbers since the last visit. However Robin and Goldcrest were around in increased numbers, winter must be on its way!

Kev

Monday, 12 September 2016

Holme Pierrepont, Sunday 11 September

Sue, Duncan, Gary and I made a visit to the Skylarks end of Holme Pierrepont setting all the usual nets. The weather conditions were still but clear and this was reflected in the catch, which started very well but dropped off quickly as the sun got higher.

In total we ended with a catch of 73 including 15 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Song Thrush 1/0, Wren 3/1, Dunnock 1/0, Robin 1/1, Blackcap 28/4, Chiffchaff 11/2, Whitethroat 3/0, Lesser Whitethroat 2/0, Blue Tit 1/0, Great Tit 0/1, Tree Creeper 1/0, Long-tailed Tit 3/6, Bullfinch 1/0, Goldfinch 1/0, Reed Bunting 1/0.

The oldest retrap was a Blackcap from 2013, we had not previously caught this bird since ringing and it was the only adult warbler caught. The catch of warblers was very similar to that made at Ramsdale during the week.

Kev

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Ramsdale Park, Wednesday 7 September

Mick P and I made a visit to Ramsdale setting the usual line of 8x18m nets. The conditions were perfect for mist netting and the nets soon started to fill with birds, catching continued steadily throughout the morning.

In total we ended with a catch of 87 including 6 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 5/0, Song Thrush 1/0, Wren 4/0, Dunnock 3/0, Robin 3/1, Blackcap 30/4, Garden Warbler 1/0, Chiffchaff 10/0, Whitethroat 3/0, Blue Tit 8/0, Great Tit 2/0, Coal Tit 0/1, Long-tailed Tit 2/0, Bullfinch 6/0, Chaffinch 1/0, Linnet 2/0.

The retraps were all recently ringed birds. So the Willow Warblers seem to have gone and other than Blackcap and Chiffchaff, most of the other warblers seem to have moved on as well. The urge to head in a southerly direction was also shown by the small parties of Swallows that passed overhead on and off throughout the morning. Strangely a Tawny Owl was heard calling in the distance on and off throughout the morning.

Kev

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Recent Recoveries

Two Attenborough-born Common Terns have been resighted by the same observer at Cropston Reservoir in Leicestershire. The first was seen on 17 July and had originally been ringed in June 2001. The second was seen a few weeks later on 4 August, having originally been ringed in July 2013. This site is one of the first large waterbodies directly south of ANR so would be the ideal first stop on the birds' journey south to Africa.

A Cormorant ringed at Attenborough this April, has been resighted at Ogston reservoir on the 14 August.

Another Mute Swan has been controlled by Sorby Breck ringing group at one of their sites near Ilkeston. This one had been ringed in Cossall in 2010, and was recaptured in June this year.

A Tawny Owl ringed as an adult in Owthrope in April 2014 has was found dead on the roads in nearby Cotgrave on the 1 August.

A Greenfinch caught at the farmland feeding site at Sutton Bonington in December last year was caught by a cat nearby in the village on the 4 July.

A Lesser Redpoll, ringed at Bestwood in October last year has been controlled by ringers near Fleetwood, Lancashire, in May this year.

Tom

Monday, 29 August 2016

Holme Pierrepont, Sunday 28 August

Gary, Duncan, Sue, Tom and I ran another ringing session at the Blott’s end of Holme Pierrepont. It had been difficult picking the best day to go as the forecast had been changing by the hour in the preceding days but based on the day that suited most people and with fingers crossed for the weather we went for Sunday.

As it turned out the weather was perfect for netting, at least to start, with overcast skies and no wind. We set 10 nets in the usual places and extracted 35 birds on the way back to the base after putting up the last couple of nets! Catching remained brisk but we always had a wary eye on the, mostly, very dark skies. At around 1100 we did have a few spots of rain and with the breeze picking up a little we opted not to ride our luck any further and took down.

We ended with an excellent catch of 124 including 17 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 1/0, Song Thrush 1/0, Wren 0/2, Dunnock 2/1, Robin 8/1, Blackcap 30/1, Garden Warbler 1/0, Whitethroat 6/0, Lesser Whitethroat 2/0, Chiffchaff 22/4, Willow Warbler 2/0, Reed Warbler 13/0, Blue Tit 2/2, Great Tit 3/0, Long-tailed Tit 2/6, Bullfinch 1/0, Goldfinch 6/0, Reed Bunting 5/0. The oldest retrap was a Long-tailed Tit from 2012.

A little busy to see much overhead but Tom did spot a Bittern taking off from one of the reed beds.

Kev

 adult Whitethroat (S. Lakeman)

Friday, 26 August 2016

Ramsdale Park, Tuesday 23 August

Duncan and I made another visit to Ramsdale, setting the usual line of 8x18m nets. The forecast was for a cloudy start but then sun and getting very hot. The cloud never appeared so we had clear skies from the start but thankfully very little wind. As the sun got higher it certainly got hotter and despite the catching rate starting well it died off quickly as the temperature climbed.

In total we ended with a catch of 45 including 3 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 4/0, Wren 2/0, Dunnock 2/0, Robin 2/0, Blackcap 7/1, Garden Warbler 1/0, Chiffchaff 5/1, Willow Warbler 5/0, Whitethroat 4/1, Blue Tit 1/0, Great Tit 4/0, Bullfinch 5/0. The retraps were all recently ringed birds.

No surprises but still a high ratio of adults to juveniles being caught, including 4 of the 5 Willow Warblers! A Spotted Flycatcher decided to use the top of the trees at the lower end of the net line to catch flies from, great to see but a pity it didn’t drop a little lower.

Kev

Monday, 22 August 2016

Holme Pierrepont, Sunday 21 August

Gary, Duncan, Sue and I held a ringing session at the Blott’s end of Holme Pierrepont today. We were also joined by Pete Leonard, it was good to do some ringing with him again. The forecast had again predicted strong winds and after Saturday’s battering I was not very optimistic about getting a decent catch. However, this time the forecast was wrong but in our favour, it was a little breezy to start and it did increase as the morning progressed but it was not as strong as forecast and with mostly overcast skies we did pretty well.

We ended with a catch of 81 including just 2 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 2/1, Wren 1/1, Robin 2/0, Blackcap 16/0, Garden Warbler 5/0, Whitethroat 9/0, Lesser Whitethroat 4/0, Chiffchaff 9/0, Willow Warbler 5/0, Reed Warbler 11/0, Blue Tit 4/0, Great Tit 1/0, Long-tailed Tit 6/0, Bullfinch 3/0, Reed Bunting 1/0. The oldest retrap was a Blackbird from 2010 that we had not previously recaptured.

Three Swifts passed overhead and a quite a few hirundines. A couple of Oystercatchers and a Greenshank flew over and the Goldfinch flock visiting the thistle patches numbered well over 100 at times.

Kev

This Speckled Wood was one of very few butterflies that battled to get going in the cool conditions. (Sue Lakeman)

Monday, 15 August 2016

Ramsdale Park, Sunday 14 August

Jim, Sue, Duncan, Amelia and I made another visit to Ramsdale setting the usual line of 8x18m nets plus an extra 6x12m nets. Conditions were perfect, no wind and overcast overcast skies for all the session. Catching was steady all morning because of the conditions and we had a couple of surprise first captures at the site: a Reed Warbler and a Jay.

In total we ended with a catch of 101 including 5 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 4/1, Wren 2/0, Robin 11/0, Reed Warbler 1/0, Blackcap 18/1, Garden Warbler 2/0, Chiffchaff 15/1, Willow Warbler 17/0, Whitethroat 11/1, Lesser Whitethroat 2/0, Blue Tit 3/0, Treecreeper 1/0, Bullfinch 5/0, Linnet 3/1, Jay 1/0.

The oldest retraps were last years birds, including a returning Chiffchaff. A good catch in perfect conditions but last year on the 11 August in not quite as good conditions Jim and I had a catch of 151 with just the 8x18m nets up!

Kev





 Photos by Amelia Reddish

Holme Pierrepont, Friday 12 August

Jim, Gary, Duncan and I held a weather affected ringing session at the Grange end of Holme Pierrepont today. The forecast had predicted strong winds and despite starting relatively calm the wind soon picked up and with full sun this prompted an early finish. No doubt the catch was reduced by the conditions but the site seemed very quiet and Reed Warblers were in very low numbers in the reed bed. We ended with a catch of 41 including 6 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 1/0, Dunnock 1/0, Wren 4/0, Robin 2/2, Blackcap 7/0, Garden Warbler 3/0, Chiffchaff 2/0, Reed Warbler 8/0, Blue Tit 6/0, Great Tit 0/1, Long-tailed Tit 0/2, Bullfinch 1/1. The oldest retraps were from 2014.

Kev

Holme Pierrepont, Friday 5 August

Gary and I made another visit to the Blott’s end of Holme Pierrepont. We limited the nets again with just the two of us but in fine and bright conditions we were satisfied with a catch of 63 birds plus a brood of 5 Goldfinch chicks - they had nested in one of the net rides.

The catch included only 4 retraps, the birds seem to be moving through the site quickly. The catch was made up of (new/retrap): Green Woodpecker 1/0, Dunnock 1/1, Wren 2/1, Robin 1/0, Blackcap 6/1, Whitethroat 5/1, Lesser Whitethroat 3/0, Garden Warbler 2/0, Chiffchaff 2/0, Willow Warbler 4/0, Reed Warbler 20/0, Sedge Warbler 1/0, Blue Tit 1/0, Long-tailed Tit 3/0, Goldfinch 5 (plus 5 pulli)/0, Reed Bunting 2/0. The retraps were all recently ringed birds.

Kev

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Grey Heron re-sighting

A Grey Heron colour-ringed as a chick at Attenborough Nature Reserve on 4 May 2014 has been photographed alive and well in Staffordshire. It was at Minster Pool in Litchfield on 9 July 2016 and this is about 47km away. This is the second live re-sighting of one of our birds. Thanks very much to Nigel Northwood for finding and photographing the bird and Scott Petrek for getting in touch.


Ramsdale Park, Sunday 31 July

Gary, Alex and I made another visit to Ramsdale, setting the usual line of 8x18m nets. Conditions were very good with virtually no wind and overcast overcast skies to start. Catching was steady but again nets at the top of the slope caught more than those at the bottom. In total we ended with a catch of 55 including 8 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 1/0, Dunnock 1/1, Wren 2/1, Blackcap 8/2, Garden Warbler 2/0, Chiffchaff 11/0, Willow Warbler 2/0, Whitethroat 4/2, Blue Tit 1/1, Bullfinch 4/1, Chaffinch 2/0, Linnet 9/0.

The oldest retraps were last year's birds. Not as many warblers as I would have expected but both Blackcap and Whitethroat were caught with equal numbers of adults and juveniles, at this time of year I would expect a ratio showing considerably more juveniles. It's possible that the poor summer weather may have caused many breeding attempts to fail.

Kev

 juvenile Linnet (A. Phillips)

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Holme Pierrepont, Saturday 23 July

Tom, Gary and I made the second visit of the year to the Blott’s end of Holme Pierrepont. With a small team again we limited the number of nets that we put up. The conditions were a bit too bright with full sun from the start but no breeze. The catch was again relatively small as expected with the limited number of nets but started well, tailing off quickly as the sun got higher.

I had been asked a while ago by Lynda Milner, our local BTO rep if we could help with a request she'd had from Patricia Gammons in West Bridgford. The Father at her local Catholic Church was celebrating 40 years in the priesthood. He is quite a keen birder and she thought that, among other things and as a surprise and a present from his flock, he would really enjoy and be interested in watching a group of ringers at work. I was happy to oblige and we were joined for a while today by Father Michael. Fortunately we managed to catch a good range of birds whilst he was with us, he was very interested in what we did and had the opportunity to handle a few species of birds. It was nice to receive this email from him later:

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Kevin,

Thank you so much for allowing me to join you at the Bird Ringing this morning. I found it absolutely fascinating! I was so impressed by the knowledge and patience that you, Gary and Tom showed as well. It is a beautiful spot and I really could have spent hours there watching you work! Also to be able to handle the Woodpecker and the Goldfinch was quite amazing as well.

Thank you again, and carry on the good work!

With every kind wish,

Fr. Michael

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Thanks also to Patricia, who kindly made a donation to group funds for helping out.

We ended with a catch of 50 including 2 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Great Spotted Woodpecker 1/0, Blackbird 2/0, Dunnock 3/0, Wren 5/0, Robin 3/0, Blackcap 7/0, Whitethroat 2/0, Garden Warbler 2/0, Chiffchaff 2/0, Willow Warbler 4/0, Reed Warbler 8/2, Cetti’s Warbler 1/0, Blue Tit 1/0, Goldfinch 2/0, Bullfinch 5/0. The retraps were both recently ringed Reed Warblers.

Kev

Attenborough breeding birds, Thursday 21 July

Phil, Pete S, Mick P and I had another session catching Sand Martins at the Attenborough colony today. We caught 19 Sand Martins, all but 1 were adults and 8 were recaptures – of these 8 there were:
  • 1 of this year's pulli
  • 2 of last year's pulli
  • 2 adults ringed earlier this year
  • 1 was a bird originally ringed at Newthorpe Sewage Farm by Mick in 2014 as a juvenile
  • 1 British control.
  • 1 French control.
Pete S, Mick P and I, along with a Trust volunteer then went to check on the Cormorant nests and the Tern platforms, this resulted in the following being ringed:
  • 2 Cormorant pulli, 
  • 1 Black-headed Gull pullus on Coneries Pond
  • 19 Common Tern pulli on Main Pond

At least 3 other Cormorant nests still had eggs that were being incubated.

Kev

Monday, 18 July 2016

Holme Pierrepont, Sunday 17 July

Sue, Gary and I made the first visit of the year to the Blott’s end of Holme Pierrepont. With such a small team and all the rides to clear we put up just 6 nets but did clear the rides for all the other nets.

The conditions were a bit bright with the patchy cloud cover clearing to full sun and an increasing breeze. The catch was relatively small as expected with the limited number of nets. We ended with a catch of 36 including 1 retrap, made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 1/0, Dunnock 2/0, Wren 4/0, Robin 4/0, Blackcap 6/0, Whitethroat 1/0, Lesser Whitethroat 1/0, Chiffchaff 4/0, Willow Warbler 2/0, Reed Warbler 9/1, Blue Tit 1/0. The only retrap was a Reed Warbler from 2013.

Kev


Photos by Sue Lakeman