Tuesday, 21 November 2017

New species catch for Group

The calm overcast mild conditions were ideal today for the Group to carry out some ringing on Seaton Marshes. In fact 58 birds of 16 species were caught, not so high as normal, but very varied and with two highlights. The first surprise was a Lesser Redpoll a first for the Group and a lovely first year bird. Although not unusual for the time of the year, but less likely to be seen on marshes ,was a our first Redwing of the winter. 

Of the other species six Cetti's Warbler were in the catch of which included five retraps. The mild winters and ideal habitat have enabled this species to colonise the Seaton Wetlands in the last few years and will form part of a special study by the Group in 2018. Twelve Reed Bunting were caught at the crack of dawn as they left their roost. 

The final session of the year will be just before Christmas.

Adult Redwing 

Inquisitive first year  Lesser Redpoll

Male Reed Bunting in winter plumage

(Above three photographs by Mike Tyler)

Our Lesser Redpoll in a different pose

(Photograph Sue Murphy)

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

A good start to November

Yesterday the Group, with weather on its side, caught 87 birds of 19 species. The highlights were a Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 20 Long-tailed Tits and ten Chiffchaffs. All in all a very good morning.

Grey Wagtail

Photo by Sue Murphy

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Last wader catch

Last evening was probably the last wader catch this autumn. Not a high total netted, but included Teal 2; Common Snipe 3; Redshank 1; and Green Sandpiper 1.

Well done to the team.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Rescheduled success

Well! The rescheduled session turned out better than expected with 77 birds caught of 16 species. The highlight probably the seven Cetti's Warblers caught in one morning. Only one was a retrap suggesting the others may had come from a far. 

Still a few Chiffchaffs (6 caught) and Blackcaps (3 caught) around and a increase in the number of Goldcrest, four that been caught. So a very good morning for the team.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Rescheduled session

Please note the session programmed for this Saturday is cancelled and rescheduled for next Tuesday 17th October.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Mike Tyler

Tuesday, 26 September 2017


Please note the session programmed for Sunday 1st October is cancelled due to  circumstances beyond our control.


Mike Tyler

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Another interesting session

Yesterday the Group set several nets in the hope to catch a few straggler migrants and ended with 138 birds of 18 species. Migrants accounted for nine Chiffchaffs and ten Blackcaps, but interesting was a Green Woodpecker a species rarely caught on the Wetlands. Two Great Spotted Woodpeckers were also caught and a record 51 Goldfinches and a Kestrel. A good morning all round.

Juvenile Green Woodpecker
Adult female Kestrel

Photographs Miriam Guard