Thursday, 19 July 2018

Good juvenile warbler movement

The Group this morning were fortunate to catch 128 birds of which the majority were juveniles. Of the total included 26 Reed Warblers, nine Sedge Warblers and a Stonechat. Others of interest included 30 Blue Tits, 13 Great Tits, ten Goldfinches, three Reed Buntings, 11 Blackcaps, two Treecreepers and one Kingfisher.

The Group's ten year report incorporating the report for 2017 is now available. 

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Good juvenile catch

Today the Group started very early to take advantage before the sun created too hot conditions to mist net birds. Even finishing early 74 birds were caught of which 56 were juveniles. Blackcaps, Reed Warblers, Blue Tits and Great Tits were high on that list.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Session cancelled

Please note the ringing session for Saturday 16th June is cancelled due to rain and wind forecast in the morning.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Signs of a good Reed Warbler breeding season

This morning a small team from the Group took advantage of the tides of the River Axe  to set a few nets in the reeds close to the Seaton Tramway. Expecting a low number of birds the team were surprised to catch 23 of which 20 were Reed Warblers with one each of a Reed Bunting, Blackbird and Blue Tit.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Many juveniles now to be found

Breeding is well underway with the majority of the 57 birds caught today being juveniles. Four were Kestrel pulli which was a nice surprise and good experience for the trainee ringer present. This brood was one of two on the Wetlands and so far not subject to predation. The other birds comprised of 14 species including Reed Warblers, and a female Whitethroat with a brood patch. The area worked was not in the busy public area.

Miriam with one of the Kestrel chicks

Photograph by Lesley Clarke

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Colyford Common catch

Today the Group ventured onto Colyford Common to ascertain the movement of birds and those that were breeding. The reeds indicated breeding Reed Warblers as expected, resulting in seven of which five were in breeding activity. A Lesser Whitethroat thought initially a control turned out to have been ringed on the nearby Colyton WWTW on 1st May this year. A lovely male Bullfinch was caught as well as a family of Goldfinches. Most of the birds were shown to be in breeding activity.  In all 30 birds of 11 species were processed.

First spring Male Bullfinch (Photo Mike Tyler)

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Reed and Sedge Warblers moving in

Working today on the Seaton Wetlands, both ringing birds and conducting surveys revealed there were good numbers of Reed and Sedge Warblers. This was particularly so with Sedge Warblers. Although we only caught five many could be heard singing. Top of the poll today were Reed Warblers with 12 birds out of a total of 30 of ten species. Not too many birds, but a steady flow throughout the morning.

Sedge Warbler

Male Reed Bunting

(Photos Mike Tyler)