Monday 21 December 2015

The last catch of 2015

Despite the rain stopping activities mid morning we were able to catch 35 birds of 12 species. These were: Chaffinch 3; Chiffchaff 1; Robin 1; Great Tit; Goldfinch 3; Long-tailed Tit 10; Dunnock 3; Blackbird 1; Wren 1; Goldcrest 4; and Song Thrush 1.

The year has been very good for the Group with higher numbers than usual with new species as well. Who knows perhaps next year could be as good or even better.

Many thanks and very happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year to all our supporters and followers of the Group's activities. 


Sunday 6 December 2015

First winter duck catch

The ups and downs of duck catches! Yesterday there were 70 duck in a catching area of the Seaton Marshes, but today only 25. Did they know what was in store for them? Nevertheless, 19 were caught of the those present so one could say in the circumstances it was a good catch . These included 11 Shelduck, one Wigeon, six Mallard and a surprise female Shoveler. Although Shoveler frequent the Marshes in small numbers it is unusual to catch these in cannon nets as they normally stay well out on the lagoons. Anyway, members of the Group were not complaining.

Please note that the session for 20th December is cancelled.

The impressive bill of the Shoveler (c) Allan Reese

A side on view (c) Mike Tyler