Monday 28 July 2014

Ringing 27/07/14

Managed a couple of hours ringing in before work, which resulted in the first bird being trapped was this cracking Treecreeper, a first for me.

juv Treecreeper

Four Chiffchaff's also processed today alongside three Great spots (two retraps) and good numbers of the regular species.


male great spot

Sunday 20 July 2014

Ringing 20/07/14

My fingers are just recovering from extracting my first Great spotted woodpecker from the miss net this morning!! They certainly let you know there not happy at being caught, and i now have holes on my hands big enough for there new nest site... ;-)

juv great spot

Other species caught today were both juvenile Rook and Jackdaw, single juv Bullfinch, Blackbirds,Robins,Dunnocks, both good numbers of Blue & Great tits and a cracking male Blackcap.

juv bullfinch


Saturday 12 July 2014

Rainham RSPB 12/7/14

A quick walk around early doors produced 2 juv Beardies by the dragonfly pool, one with a tail, one without, one sporting more black on the mantle than the other, very odd!

A female was seen not to far away gathering food, so assuming another brood.

The 1st summer male Marsh Harrier sporting a damaged leg (pegleg) seems to be cracking on with it, lets hope it will mend itself or it may struggle to get through the winter.


Both adult Barn Owls were out hunting till just before 7am, though this was probably only due to the lack of sun this morning.


A Greenshank through and both Wood & Green sands on Purfleet scrape suggest autumn is well underway.