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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Go Wild Barton Broad, Sunday May 13th.

The team and stand at Barton Demo.

For once the weather was on our side, the last couple of years have been hopeless for us at this event due to strong winds and scorching temperatures.
This year it was a bit of a lie in as the event didn't open until 11am, we arrived at 9 to sort out the stand and erect the nets, the usual ones were employed. We had already been over and cut the rides and put some feeders up, to try and build the numbers up. Dave went over again on Friday just to top the feeders up , unfortunately some had already been attacked by the local Grey Squirrels !
Also on the morning of the event we had checked a box and found it had 2 chicks inside, this was to become our star attraction.....

Dave in full flow

We had a steady flow of birds with a good cross section of species through the day which was ideal for a demo such as this.Everyone mucked in with Dave, Mel and I staying at the base with Gary and Tony doing most of the net rounds.

Tony and Gary getting in on the act.

A respectable 39 birds were processed with 36 new and 3 retraps. All the retraps were from the demo last year on 22/05/2011.
Wren 3
Robin 1 (1)
Blackbird 1
Grasshopper warbler 1  this proved a popular bird.
Sedge Warbler 4 (1)
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 1
Long-tailed Tit 2
Marsh Tit (1)
Blue Tit 6
Great Tit 9
House Sparrow 1
Chaffinch 3
Reed Bunting 1
Tawny Owl 2 pulli.

As mentioned earlier the 2 stars of the show were 2 Tawny Owl chicks from a nearby box.These were very popular with the visitors, with about 50+ people around the stand at this point !!! One of the Owlets even received a name, Ruby, because of its red eye lids.

Kev and one of the stars.

The stars of the show.

Thanks must go to Mel for all her hard work on the day and for sorting out the photos and stand. Also for inventing another quiz for the children , this time a young and adult bird matching quiz. 
A 20' net was erected near to base and Gary's bird finger puppets were again used to show how the birds get caught in the net, this also went down very well.

Several Speckled Wood  Butterflies were seen during the day as well as single Brimstone and male Orange Tip.
 A female Marsh Harrier was seen over the reed bed and a Water Rail was heard early on.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Still quiet.

Another visit to Winterton on 5th May turned out to be a quiet affair.
The intention was for more migrant Warblers but unfortunately the poor weather of late and a constant moderate NE put paid to this.
Only 12 new and 5 (retraps) were caught, these included the first Garden Warblers of the year.

Garden Warbler

Blackcap 4
Garden Warbler 2
Chaffinch (2) both from 2010
Willow Warbler 1
Robin 1
Great Tit 1
Goldfinch 1
Long-tailed Tit 1 (2) both ringed on 29/10/2011
Dunnock (1) Originally ringed  03/09/2005, a bird born that year.
Chiffchaff 1

Male Large Red Damselfly

The first Damselflies were on the wing, with a male Large Red seen. Also 2 Common Lizards were basking in the sun but no Adders were seen this time. 

Common Lizard, this individual was regrowing it's tail.

Later on in the week a visit to check boxes at Horning Hall turned out to be another quiet evening with the only  recent activity being a Treecreepers nest with young in a split in the trunk of a Cypress and a Male Barn Owl seen a couple of times taking food into a new site, we will check this out later in the season.

A poor photo of the Treecreepers nest.

The second evening trip of the week at Haddiscoe Island was another quiet affair apart from the bird and Mammal watching.
The Lapwing were virtually non existent with only one nest being found with eggs and no young seen.
The only positive note was at least 9 nests of Mute Swan being seen.


Birds observed included a cracking Short-eared Owl sitting right in front of us, Whinchat, 6+ Wheatear,10 Whimbrel, at least 6 Marsh Harrier and 10+ Little Egret.  2 Stoat were seen hunting on the road, Chinese Water Deer on the river bank and amazing numbers of Hare's that seemed to be just about everywhere.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012


We will be doing a ringing demo at Barton Broad, Norfolk on Sunday May 13th.
Come along and meet the team and hopefully see some birds close up.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

A couple of old friends.

At last the weather broke and it has stopped raining long enough to check some big boxes.
Some have had Tawny's with most of the others containing Jackdaws on eggs.

Arthur, Gary and box. (These aren't the only old friends!)

5 sites have produced Tawny Owls with 9 pulli being ringed and a retrapped female.

A brood of 3, one being too small to take a ring and will probably end up as dinner for its siblings.

Another older brood.

The boxes at Martham x2, Winterton and Rollesby  all had 2 chicks and Ormesby St. Michael had the brood of 3.  It was at Ormesby when we again became acquainted with one of our old friends GC18044.
This female was originally ringed on 07/05/2007 and has been retrapped at this site in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Old Lady.

The second old friend this week turned out to be an adult male Sparrowhawk retrapped in the garden.
This bird obviously enjoys my garden very much as it was originally ringed 23/02/2008 and has been retrapped 5 times since! On 03/10/2008, 29/03/2009, 27 and 30/12/2010 and lastly 03/05/2012. 

Old boy.

Also in the garden on 06/05/2012 the first juveniles of the year were ringed, 2 Dunnock and a Blackbird. Hopefully there is more to come.

3J Dunnock