It's been a roller coaster ride in the last few months since the last update, so many excuses we don't want to bore you to tears.
We did manage to carry on ringing with some successes, notably 353 Little Tern pulli ringed at Winterton over 3 Saturday's in July, with a massive help from the RSPB warden and his volunteers.
Also Barn Owl boxes were checked with varying success, about 50 Barn Owl pulli were ringed and several Jackdaw and Stock Dove.
The House Martin RAS started off well but with busy work loads and holidays getting in the way of the latter part of the season numbers dwindled, then when we could go the birds had upped sticks and gone! About 100 adults had been ringed up until then.
Most of September was taken up doing a Swallow roost at Martham, the roost varied from day to day and at it's peak contained at least 600 birds (see totals below).
Martham roost ringing totals;
Greylag Goose 1
Sand Martin 35
Swallow 686 , plus 7 controls.
Cettis Warbler 1
Sedge Warbler 4
Reed Warbler 22
Reed Bunting 5
3 sessions at Winterton this Autumn have produced a few birds, the latest outing on 29th September saw 52 new birds being ringed with the first Lesser Redpolls and Meadow Pipits of the year being caught.
1st Winter (3) Lesser Redpoll
Winterton ringing total 29/09/12
Meadow pipit 6
Wren 5 +1 retrap
Reed Warbler 1
Blue tit 4
Lesser Redpoll 5
That's pretty much it for now, hopefully we can catch some more birds and keep the blog updated, until next time ......