Thursday 21 February 2019

Winter ringing

Despite a gathering wind the Group were able to spend the yesterday morning mist netting birds in a sheltered site on Colyton Common. Thirty birds were caught of eleven species, although no specific species to highlight. The catch included 5 Long-tailed Tits and 3 Reed Buntings.

Shelduck catch

On Sunday the Group met at Seaton Marshes at the crack of dawn to catch duck for the last time this winter. We were joined by students from the University College Reaseheath, Cheshire who helped with the processing of the catch. Unusually only Shelduck were caught in the cannon net, but a reasonable catch of 60. There were 19 new birds which has been the highest number at any catch this winter. The others were retraps from previous catches some first ringed in 2006. A long life non quarry duck which is loyal to winter sites. All Shelduck form part of the only specialist project monitoring their movements and longevity, with each bird colour ringed with a yellow Darvic ring with black lettering. Please submit any sightings to the Group at 

Tutors and students University College Reaseheath, Cheshire

Photograph Mike Tyler

Tuesday 5 February 2019

Dreary day

Today was dull and misty, but a few birds were caught and processed. The sudden mild spell must have had an effect on feeding habits. The abundance of school children on the Wetlands could have had an effect.