The Dark Room

Monday, 16 September 2019

Saturday 14th September

With 50 new birds ringed and 2 retraps on Saturday morning with PH it was another decent session. The bulk again were Blackcap, which are now showing good fat scores. A few weeks ago the average weight for a Blackcap was 17g some on Saturday were at 22g.

3 Female Blackcap


Sunday, 1 September 2019

1st September

Sunday 1st September

Another good morning ringing with PH at our little site.

36 Blackcap - all juv
3 Cetti's Warbler
1 Common Whitethroat - Adult
3 Reed Warbler
1 Sedge Warbler - juv 
2 Willow Warbler - juv
2 Long- tailed Tit
2 Dunnock - Adults

Also we had a calling Tawny Owl as we arrived in the dark and a flyover Whimbrel.

Sedge Warbler juv (code 3)

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Ringing update

 20th August

26 new birds ringed.

24th August 

57 new birds ringed highlights were 2 Grasshopper Warblers and a Pied Flycatcher and good numbers of Blackcap.

Juv Pied Flycatcher code 3

Grasshopper Warbler Juv code 3

 GW under tail coverts

26th August

36 new birds ringed plus 1 retrap. Highlights were 25 Blackcap, 2 Reed Bunting.

Thanks to PH as always.....

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Before and after

Thursday 8th August

A successful before work session over in Hertfordshire with PR, PH, Louise and Sunita produced 63 new birds. Good numbers of Garden Warbler again, Blackcaps, some nice moulting Adult Chiffchaff and a Kingfisher was noteworthy.

Garden Warbler

14th August

A after work session at our little site with Paul Hawkins and young Jack produced 30 new birds and 2 retraps.

4 Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and 12 Goldfinch all Juv's were the  highlights for this short session.

Willow Warbler


Sunday, 11 August 2019

Juvenile Wood Sandpiper

Great to see all the valley birders at the viewing area yesterday afternoon to twitch Dave Mc's Juvenile Wood Sandpiper. It showed really well along with a Green Sandpiper.

This stunner puts me on 106 for the patch year list.

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Over the border

3rd August

It was a fantastic morning ringing session on Saturday with Paul Roper and Paul Hawkins and young Max just over the border in Hertfordshire. A massive 177 new birds were ringed with 75 Blackcap, 13 Garden Warbler, 13 Reed Warbler, 2 Bullfinch plus a few Chiffchaff and Common Whitethroat were noteworthy.

Garden Warbler

Common Whitethroat 

Male Bullfinch

All images above taken with the Iphone.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Ringing totals

A quick update of the last few weeks ringing totals.

6th July

Out with PH 35 new birds ringed and 1 retrap. 12 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and 1 Cetti's Warbler being the highlights of the short morning session.

10th July  

We made our final visit to the Lea Valley area to check on the breeding Black-headed Gulls/Tern rafts. 5 Black-headed Gull pulli and 1 Common Tern was ringed before work.

Common Tern

13th July

On Saturday I helped out along with PH at Blue House Farm Essex for a ringing demo late afternoon for PR., showing the public some of the common birds that visit the feeders but and more importantly PR to talk about the Brent Geese project and the number of geese that visit the farm over the winter months.

17th July

A great before work session with PR, PH and Sunitha,. 87 new birds were ringed 3 Kingfisher, 5 Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler and a good haul of Blackcaps being the highlights.

Sedge Warbler (code 4)

Adult Female Kingfisher

All images were taken with the Iphone.