Another non-stop week, very similar to last weeks activities, however without a trip to Killington (we’re hoping to have a repeat visit tomorrow).
The week in photos….
Met Steve to ring another brood of 5 Kestrels on Monday evening in Worsley, with Steve ringing a further 21 pulli on Saturday.
Started ringing on Atherton Farm again, after a two year gap of not ringing anything. 33 pulli Swallow were ringed on Tuesday, as well as a brood of 5 at WWT Martin Mere.
Another visit to the WWT Martin Mere Tree Sparrow boxes to finish off ringing 2nd broods resulting in 20 pulli being ringed, taking our yearly total to 152 pulli now ringed. Many nest boxes are now containing eggs of third clutches!
Thursday we joined the Reserve Wardens to check the Barn Owl boxes at WWT Martin Mere. Our first nest box was empty & found to have a dead adult inside. The second box held two adults & the young chick above. Seems they’re having a tough year at Martin Mere.
Reed Warbler monitoring continued this week with a further 7 nests found at the reed bed, taking our active nest total up to 47 nests! A further 20 pulli were ringed, bringing our 2011 Reed Warbler pulli total to 80 ringed.
Saturday – the trip to Puffin Island with SCAN Ringing Group (see below for more photos) ringing -
- Cormorant – 250 pulli + 50 darvicd
- Shag – 10 pulli + 1 retrap adult
- Razorbill – 27 pulli + 5 adults
- Guillemot – 299 pulli + 14 adults.
- Kittiwake – 5 adults – darvicd & datalogged
Sunday evening spent with Steve, Chris & Gillian Dinsmore at the Shakerley Sand Martin colony. Two nets erected for an hour, capturing 38 birds. The first bird extracted by Gillian was carrying a Cempa Sea, Lisboa ring from Portugual! Ring number A310342. One other control followed this bird, a BTO ringed bird – L451555. 36 new birds captured. A very nice hour to round off a very busy week……
152 new birds this week + 2 controls of 20 species….
Thanks to Steve, Chris, Zac & Gillian for their help this week. Thanks also to Zac for the above Reed Warbler & Kestrel photos and to Gillian for the Kittiwake photo!