Friday, 31 July 2015

WWT Llanelli CES9 29/07/2015

This morning was a cold start, it was more like Autumn than Summer. Our 7 nets were up and ready by 05.45am. Our first round was mainly Wrens and Robins as in previous weeks. This years breeding season seems to have been particularly successful for Wrens and Robins and on other sites we use as well.


The only Blackcap of the day was this female aged 4 with a brood patch of 4.


Worthy of a special note were the 4 Song Thrush we caught, 3 of which were juveniles. This was the best record in terms of numbers caught in one session for this site.


All Chiffchaff were juveniles this week. After being processed the Chiffchaff above just looked around and did not fly off instantly like most birds do. A photographic opportunity!

33 birds in total, 27 of which were juveniles


Species
New
Re-trap
Young
Young  Re-trap
Total
Dunnock
1


2
3
Robin


3
1
4
Wren
1
1
5
1
8
Chiffchaff


3
2
5
Blackbird
1

1
1
3
Treecreeper


1

1
Blackcap

1


1
Goldcrest


2

2
Blue tit


2

2
SongThrush

1
3

4
Totals
3
3
20
7
33


Todays session was run by Heather Coats, Charlie Sargent, Phil Mead, Dan Rouse and Paul Aubrey. Thanks to all for coming along.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Saturday in the Park

With the weather forecast looking far from perfect for the Oxwich Marsh site, Heather Coats, Dan Rouse, Phil Mead and I decided to chance a visit to Margam Park (the first since April). The predicted wind didn't hamper our start and we were able to erect ninety-six metres of net around the sheltered site.
Although we weren't inundated with birds the session offered Heather the opportunity to explain wing moult to Dan who was also able to ring her first swallow pulli. In addition, Phil was able to ring his first Green Woodpecker - a juvenile - and the third of this species for the site in 2015.  

Juvenile Green Woodpecker

As the morning progressed the wind began to gust and a decision was made to bring the session to an early close. The final total for the morning was:

Species
New
Retrap
Total
Green Woodpecker
1

1
Swallow
2 (pulli)

2
Wren
3

3
Dunnock
2

2
Robin
2

2
Blackbird
1

1
Song Thrush
1

1
Chiffchaff
3

3
Great Tit
1
1
2
Chaffinch
3

3

Total
20

Friday, 24 July 2015

WWT Llanelli CES8 23/07/2015

There were perfect conditions this morning, albeit slightly cooler than previous mornings. With 49 birds, a lot being juveniles the day turned out to be one of the best we have experienced for a while, more like the days from years ago I am told when catch rates were better.
As the last CES7 we started off with a number of Wrens and Robins. As the earlier morning chill was replaced with a warmer feel we started to catch warblers. 10 Chiffchaff and 9 Blackcap being the highlights of the day. We caught small numbers of birds on a regular basis during the morning for a most enjoyable session. The 49 birds spread over 12 species can be seen in the chart below.



Towards the end of the session the two juvenile kingfishers were a complete surprise, caught side by side in net 4. Checking back in our records the last one to be caught was in net 3 on the 10th August 2008. Our trainee Dan processed one of them, this being her first.



We managed to get the two juvenile kingfishers on video and it clearly shows how they turn their heads and how far round in each direction they can go.

Species
New
Re-trap
Totals
Robin
6
2
8
Wren
5
2
7
Chiffchaff
10

10
Cetti
2

2
Blackcap
9

9
Dunnock
3
1
4
Great Tit
1

1
Blue tit
1

1
Long tailed tit
1

1
Kingfisher
2

2
Goldcrest
3

3
Bullfinch
1

1
Totals
44
5
49


Todays session was run by Heather Coats, Charlie Sargent, Dan Rouse and Paul Aubrey. Thanks to all for coming along.