Sunday, 14 August 2016

Weekend ringing session

This weekend was the second of the Group's summer programme and resulted in 101 birds being processed. Many migrants had high fat scores suggesting there were many passing through. As one would expect the majority were juveniles, including 14 Chiffchaffs. Several Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Sedge and Reed Warblers were among them.

Our early autumn weekend session is programmed for 3rd and 4th September.

Monday, 1 August 2016


Please note due to inclement weather conditions the session due tomorrow 2nd August is cancelled.

Sorry about that.


Friday, 22 July 2016

Kingfisher day

The Group is still working about twice a month on the Seaton Wetlands and last Monday had a catch of 77 birds, including three Kingfishers. Although not breeding on the lower reaches of the River Axe they certainly do higher up the river. We could not resist publishing these photographs taken by Chels at Dark Fairy Photography.

I will try and escape

Perhaps I will not bother

This is the life!

Monday, 18 July 2016

The public face of the Group

Last Saturday was the Natural Seaton Festival and the Group were invited to present a display of our activities. We have done this on previous occasions and is good to spread the word of our important work and hopefully recruit new members. Last Saturday was no exception. Photographs taken are shown and the second taken when the morning became busy.

Photographs Mike Tyler

Friday, 8 July 2016

Juveniles galore

Certainly a good breeding season for some species on and close to the Seaton Wetlands, with 134 birds of 21 species were caught today. The tally was:

Blackcap 9; Long-tailed Tit 1; Chiffchaff 23; Blue Tit 14; Great Tit 13; Chaffinch 13; Goldfinch 17; Robin 4; Dunnock 7; Swift 1; Kingfisher 1; Swallow 2; Willow Warbler 1; Reed Warbler 2; House Martin 1; Wren 2; Bullfinch 1; Reed Bunting 2; Greenfinch 17; Goldcrest 1; and Blackbird 2. 

 Of these only 24 were not identified as juveniles.

Not a bad morning's work!

Monday, 20 June 2016

Kestrel nestlings

The Group were able to ring a brood of five Kestrels nesting in a special box erected by the East Devon District Council on the Wetlands. Photographs below show the results.

(c) Photos by John Richards and Lesley and Peter Clarke

Monday, 6 June 2016

Migration and young birds

Since the last post the Group have been very active in catching nearly 300 birds of 24 species, including the ringing of 40 nestlings. These comprised of migrants passing through and remaining to breed on the Wetlands. The pleasure of catching and ringing young birds is always a delight in late spring and early summer. With an active programme for the rest of the summer we look forward to some interesting species visiting the Wetlands.
Some really nice copyright photographs appear below, where otherwise stated, kindly permitted for us for posting by Chels of Dark Fairy Photography ( We are more than grateful to her in allowing us to use her high resolution photographs.

An aggressive male Greenfinch

Who do you think you are looking at!

Sedge Warbler twins!

A nice Sedge Warbler

Blue Tit in early spring

A Chaffinch with the wow factor (Photo Mike Tyler)

The wing pattern of a Goldfinch (Photo Mike Tyler)