Monday, 14 February 2011

NNRG Ringing Course @ Brack, Sun 13 Feb

Our sibling group up in the north of the county ran a ringing course last week for 4 days from Thursday to Sunday. By all accounts it was a great success with good weather and good catches. On the last day of the course Brack was one of the venues and three participants, Carol, Chris & Mike, came along to get experience of ringing farmland birds.  We had planned to put up 17 nets, but a combination of the weather and manpower meant we only managed 11.  However, despite this we managed a respectable 57 birds, and Yellowhammers made up two-fifths of the catch.  Yet again most of the tits were caught away from the feeders in the Orwin's nets.  The total catch was (new/retrap):  Dunnock 1/0, Wren 1/0, Robin 0/1, Marsh Tit 0/1, Great Tit 5/5, Blue Tit 4/3, Long-tailed Tit 2/6, Chaffinch 2/1, Reed Bunting 2/0, Yellowhammer 16/7. We also had time to colour-ring several of the Yellowhammers, another new experience for come course members.


  1. The NNRG course managed c750 birds, including c60 Wigeon & c30 Teal. I helped set the nets for the latter, but was not present for the Teal alas.

  2. A very good effort indeed and good to dodge the weather!

  3. It was uncanny how the rain stopped every time we wanted to open the nets.