Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Pulli ringing progress

A few pics from Ian of a Blackbird nest (top three) and Robin nest (bottom three).

Monday, 27 May 2013

Attenborough CES Visit 3, Sunday 26 May

CES visit three was completed with a team of Gary, Duncan, Tom, Alex and myself. A glorious morning with hardly a breath of wind. The catch only down slightly because the full sun was on many of the nets - but let's not complain about warm sunshine as we have seen precious little of it for some time. We finished on 30 birds including 8 retraps. It was nice to catch 5 Bullfinch amongst the other usual birds for the site. Attenborough is showing the same trend we noticed at the winter feeding sites; a lack of birds hatched last summer. Let's hope for a good breeding season this year.


Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Recent Recoveries

A Long-tailed Tit ringed at Rushcliffe Country Park in November 2012 was found dead not too far from the site in April 2013.

A Siskin also ringed at Rushcliffe Country Park in November 2012 was controlled in Hertfordshire in March 2013 having traveled 125km.

A young Waxwing ringed in Derbyshire in December 2012 was controlled at Clifton in February 2013.

A Lesser Redpoll ringed at Eccles in October 2012 turned up at Rushcliffe Country Park in February after a journey of 183km.


Sunday, 19 May 2013

Turtle Dove nest

Considering the BTO received only fifteen Turtle Dove nest records in 2010 and just eleven in 2011, I am absolutely thrilled to have located an active nest of my favourite and possibly the scarcest of species in Nottinghamshire.


Thursday, 9 May 2013

Attenborough CES Visit 1, Sunday 5 May

Duncan, Mick P, Nick and I along with potential new trainee Alex and visiting ringer Jamie carried out the first CES session of the season last Sunday. The morning started calm and sunny, the breeze picking up slightly towards the end. We caught just under 40 birds including 2 returning Garden Warblers and 2 returning Chiffchaffs. Other warblers caught were Blackcap and Reed Warbler.


Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Recent recoveries

A Kestrel chick from Cropwell Butler in June 2010 was found dead under nest box near Langar in March 2013.
A Black-headed Gull chick ringed at Attenborough in June 2010 was found dead on a Dorset beach in April 2013 having travelled a distance of  263km.
A Barn Owl chick ringed at Shelton in June 2005 became a road casualty near Newark in March 2013 and another ringed at Stathern in June 2012 died in an outbuilding in Harby in March 2013.
A Starling ringed as a youngster in Hucknall in June 2012 was  found dead in April 2013 in Hucknall.
A Lesser Redpoll ringed as a youngster in Bestwood in September 2011 was controlled at Warsop, Nottinghamshire in February 2013 and another from Bestwood from October 2012 was found dead in Sutton-in-Ashfield in April 2013.
Perhaps most impressive though was a Blackbird ringed at The Meadows in February 2013 which was resighted by an observer in Suffolk in March 2013.