The Dark Room

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.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Southend Pier

A long walk out to the end of Southend Pier and along the sea front on 29th December produced the following images.

Adult Mediterranean Gull

1st Winter Mediterrnean Gull

1cy Sanderling

Monday, 30 December 2019

28th December 2019

On Saturday morning with PH we ringed 23 new birds at our little site. Still no Firecrest but 6 Goldcrest was good as was a cracking 1cy male Yellowhammer- only our 2nd for the site.

 3 male Yellowhammer


Thursday, 26 December 2019

Sunday 22nd December

On Sunday morning 22nd December I went along to Snaresbrook to see the Adult Caspian Gull which has returned for another winter in London. I arrived just before 9am in near darkness to be honest but the gull was easy to pick out in the gloom and did show well.

After taking a couple of images I headed back over to the A13 in Barking to try for the Siberian Chiffchaff that's been kicking around for two weeks or so, which did show eventually amongst 11 Common Chiffchaff near the sewage works as you walk down the path on your right hand side.


Monday, 9 December 2019

7th December

Another good session on Saturday morning with Hawky. 47 birds processed and 17 new Reed Bunting were the highlights.

3 Female

3 Male