Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Latest catch

The Group travelled to the edge of the Seaton Wetlands to work the new reed beds and set nets in and close to the Crop Field. This area can be a gamble with many catches containing interesting species visiting the Wetlands. On this occasion, last Saturday, only 24 birds were caught. No real highlights, but the 34 members of the public who made the distance to see us ringing birds was nevertheless a bonus for them. The catch included Greenfinch 3, Wren 2, Great Tit 4, Goldfinch 1, Reed Bunting 2, Long-tailed Tit 2, Blackbird 1, Blue Tit 2, Reed Warbler 1, Robin 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, and Dunnock 3.

Male Greenfinch

Long-tailed Tit

Photographs Nigel Marsh
Male Reed Bunting

Reed Warbler

Photographs Luke Broderick

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Wide selection of species

Yesterday's session on the Seaton Wetlands produced a fine selection of 29 birds of 16 species which included an early catch of a Kestrel. Believed to be one of a pair breeding in the area. Other birds included: Willow Warblers; Chiffchaffs; Reed Buntings; Goldfinches; and a Blackcap.

Early catch Kestrel


Photographs by Luke Broderick

Friday, 24 March 2017

Lovely Bullfinch

A recent session down on the Seaton Wetlands enabled the Group to catch 42 birds of 13 species including 14 Chiffchaffs on migration and a lovely male Bullfinch as seen in the photographs.

Photo: Susan Murphy

Photo: Luke Broderick

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Winter's over

Migration to their breeding grounds are well underway with fewer birds now seen in their wintering quarters. This was particularly noticeable on the Wetlands. Fewer birds seen and at our last ringing session resulting in fewer caught. Seventeen in total, including three Mallard caught in the Abberton Traps and a fine looking Treecreeper.

Treecreeper (Photo Sue Murphy)

Friday, 24 February 2017

Spotting colour rings

The Group are known for its work on certain species and these are subject to  colour ring schemes. The species are Shelduck with black lettering on a yellow background, Black-tailed Godwits with site rings red-yellow-red and Wigeon with black letters on lime green.

Hopefully visitors to the Blog will keep their eyes open and send an e-mail to the address shown on the Blog.

Ringed Wigeon
Ringed Shelduck
                                                                 Ringed Black-tailed Godwit

                                                                     Photographs Mike Tyler

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

More ducks!

The programmed mist netting session took place today with 30 birds caught and processed. Nothing of note, but four ducks comprising of two Teal and two Mallard, together with a Moorhen were trapped in the Abberton Traps. Nice surprise following only one Teal last Saturday at the Otter Estuary, despite the use of cannon nets.

Adult Moorhen

Adult male Great Spotted Woodpecker

Adult male Teal
Photographs Doug Rudge

Saturday, 18 February 2017

A cunning plan!

When does a cunning plan succeed ?  Well it didn't for the Group today at its monthly winter catch of Wigeon at the Otter Estuary. Careful planning nearly caught 250 Wigeon on two occasions during the morning. Yes, twice the flock were in 20 metres of being caught. The ducks just wandered in the wrong direction grazing as they waddled. Not to be entirely beaten and to ensure something for those who gave up their Saturday morning, we tried to catch two Teal that had been on the edge of the catching area all morning. Well one was caught! See photograph of an attractive adult male.

Adult male Teal given detailed attention (Photo Mike Tyler)