The Dark Room

Monday, 16 March 2020

Saturday 14th March

Once the small shower passed over on Saturday morning PH and I put 2 nets up and caught a small catch of 26 birds. Highlights were 2 GSW, 2 Goldcrest, Yellowhammer and 2 Chiffchaff - one was a retrap from last year!


 Male Great Spot

 Female Goldcrest

 Female Yellowhammer

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

T to C-permit

With the weather being to wet and windy over the last few weeks/months for ringing, it was great to be out again over the weekend and especially now that I'm a C-permit holder.

So on Friday I went solo for the first time. 16 birds processed before the rain stopped play.

Saturday morning I ringed in my garden.

Sunday morning PRO, PH, DW myself and GG done a public demo at Walthamstow Wetlands and once again the locals made us all very welcome. A good selection of birds to show everyone and the star of the day was a cracking male Bearded Tit.

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Beckton Ice

As I walked down to the recycling centre opposite Beckton sewage works on Saturday morning to see if the Juvenile Iceland Gull was hanging around still, I counted up to 20 Chiffchaff. As I got to the river Tony Brown who was there before me had brief views of it, until I got my selection of breads of 'around the world' that I'd been saving all week put on a good show once again.

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Back to Ice

As it was to windy for any ringing at the weekend, I just filled the feeders up at our little site on Saturday morning and on Sunday returned to Beckton to see the Juvenile Iceland Gull perform well in the creek opposite the tip.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Juvenile Iceland Gull

A decent morning at Barking Creekmouth with 2 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Grey Wagtail, 10+ Chiffchaff, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher and the Juvenile Iceland Gull showed well sitting on the tanks of the sewage works.

Monday, 13 January 2020

Brent Geese at Blue House Farm

On Saturday morning at Blue House Farm Essex along with a small group of SCRG members we caught 16 Brent Geese including 7 Juv's using 2 canon nets and a couple of decoys.

 Despite getting up at 3.30am the day went very well and all the team played their part in a good and quick net extraction. All birds were ringed and coloured ringed.

Juv wing detail

Adult wing detail

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

We ringed another 2 Yellowhammer on Saturday morning at our site but with 9 being seen around the area things are looking very good for this species locally and hopefully more to come.

Male Yellowhammer 

Sunday morning I went along to PRO's farm with Paul H, Max and Co for some more ringing but this time around the woodland. Highlights were a young Male Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Nuthatch, GSW and another Yellowhammer.

Marsh Tit

Female Nuthatch

5 male Sparrowhawk 

All images are cropped and taken on the Iphone.