Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Gold and Emerald

An interesting control (that's a bird ringed by us but found by someone else) a Goldfinch ringed by Chris at Stanton Under BardonLeicestershire 17-Dec-2015 and re-trapped by a fellow ringer on the Emerald Isle last week 23-Feb-2017 Coolcush, near DungannonTyrone. Details ..... Duration: 434 days Distance: 409 km Direction: 300deg (WNW) 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Nice end to the day

Although a sunny day and very cold, the wind speed was ideal for a short session at the Sewerage Works, there were plenty of  birds about including several Chiffchaff, and wagtails a plenty feeding on the flies around the site. The short session ended with 28 birds with Goldcrest the most numerous on 10, Dunnock 4, Wren 6, Blackbird, Redwing, Pied Wagtail and just before packing up a Green Woodpecker was in the bottom shelf, a nice end to the session and the first to be captured for the site.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Watermead/Uganda Link Demo.

 An enjoyable day was spent on the 11th September supporting Dale and Charles with their Watermead CP / Uganda link.
 My old Africa map just helped to put some scale to the epic journeys that some of our African migrants make.
 Thanks to Jim Graham for putting together the display to highlight our conservation work with some of these summer visitors.
 Just like a mini Bird Fair.
 A Giraffe was a surprise sighting!
 Thanks to Joy and Mick for putting up the Gazebo.
Thanks also to Chris and Carol for their help on the day.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Limeys at Cropston.

Thanks to the efforts of Jim Graham and Steve Lister we have so far recorded five returning adults that were colour ringed in 2014. These are U01, U08, U23, U26 and U36. Steve also managed to read two metal rings of birds we rung in 2013, before we started colour ringing.
We have also recorded eight of this years juveniles, which are codes U70, U71, U73, U74, U80,U82, U84, and U86.
It would be great to receive records from other sites, so please check for Lime colour rings on any Common Terns.
Observations to Andy Smith at tropicbirdtobago@hotmail.com

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Limeys Return.

 Jim Graham alerted me to the Common Terns that are now regularly feeding at Cropston Reservoir.
 The terns rest on the railings and this allows the colour rings to be read.
 It was great to hear that Jim had seen two of the terns that we colour ringed in 2014. He reported seeing U01, amazingly the first Comte that we colour ringed at WCP on 11/06/2014, and U36 rung on the 23/06/2014.

 Today I managed to record another returning adult, U23
 and also three of this years juveniles, U73, U74 and U80.

 There was also this adult, with 2 plain yellow rings on the left leg. I am awaiting information on what scheme this bird belongs to.
We would welcome any information on our Limeys from Cropston or any locations. Email the details to tropicbirdtobago@Hotmail.com

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Belgium Visitor!

 Amongst the 12 Reed Warblers caught at WCP was this Belgium rung bird.
 It is just possible to pick out BRU and SSELS on this rather worn and misshapen ring. It will be interesting to find out if this individual has bred previously in Belgium, or was rung on passage.

Common Terns Colour ringed.

 The rafts at WCP have again been successful, with 19 young terns rung last week.
 Each bird received a metal ring on the right leg and a lime green colour ring on the left leg.
 The codes for this years graduates are in black and  run from U67 to U86. ( U83 broke)
 Hopefully, some of these individuals will return to breed at WCP in  two years time.
Again, thanks to Dale Osborne for all his support.