Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Cetti's Warblers return

At the Group's ringing session yesterday 41 birds were caught of 11 species. These included: Great Tit 3; Dunnock 5; Blue Tit 13; Reed Bunting 3 (see photo); Blackcap 1; Cetti's Warbler 4 (see photo); Chaffinch 1; Goldfinch 8; Robin 1; Wren 1; Blackbird 1. The highlight of these were the four Cetti's Warblers that had deserted us this summer, Hopefully some will stay over the winter and nest in the following spring. The Reed Buntings, all males, looked splendid in winter plumage.

Male Reed Bunting in winter plumage (Photo Mark Wills)

One of the Cetti's Warblers (Photo Mike Tyler)

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

The last Whimbrel!

The Group held its last wader catch for this autumn last evening. Further waders about and the wind increased  so we had to abandon the the session just after high tide. Nevertheless one bird was caught a juvenile female Whimbrel. Not quite what we expected as most would have migrated.

The lonely Whimbrel  (Photo Mike Tylet)

Wednesday, 10 October 2018


Due to bad weather forecast there will be no bird ringing on Saturday 13th October 2018.

Mike Tyler
Group Leader

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Still plenty of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps

Not expecting to ring many migrants, a surprise was in for the Group last Sunday when 14 Chiffchaffs and 6 Blackcaps were caught. In fact the morning proved to be worthwhile session with 60 birds caught, including two Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a juvenile male Sparrowhawk.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

A few waders!

The Axe Estuary is not conducive to catching large numbers of waders, but that has never stopped the Group from occasionally carrying out autumn catches. Last evening was our fist autumn session this year and eight birds were caught. Not many, but double the number compared with 2017. The terrain is difficult to work on, especially during darkness. On the high tide two Curlews were caught, one a juvenile. All the other birds were juveniles including four male Black-tailed Godwits that were colour ringed, one Green Sandpiper and a male Whimbrel. 

It is hoped to try another session before the end of October.

Colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit

Juvenile male Whimbrel

Juvenile Curlew

Photos Mike Tyler 

Friday, 14 September 2018

Fewer migrants

Our session on Tuesday started quietly and gradually gathered pace. Thirty-seven birds were caught, but only seven migrants, all but one were Blackcaps. Local ringers have mentioned on several occasions that this species as been in abundance this year. The others were resident species, including a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker below.

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Public satisfaction

The Group during the year hold public ringing demonstrations at the Seaton Wetlands and yesterday was our early autumn public session. Twenty-four members of the public attended during the morning, with some on holiday and a family who came down from Bristol especially to attend the session. A total of 42 birds were caught and ringed of various species, including a Kingfisher which of cause was the highlight for those in attendance.