The Dark Room

Sunday 30 June 2019

Up at the farm

Saturday morning up at the farm with Paul Roper, Max and Louise produced a good mix of birds before the strong sunshine stopped play. 2 Jackdaw were coloured ringed as part of a ongoing project  2 Rook, 2 GSW, Blackcaps, Greenfinches, Coal Tit, Goldfinch plus the usual Blue Tits and Great Tits gave us a varied session. 38 birds were processed in total.

All images below are taken with the Iphone.




Paul also ran the moth trap and good number were caught including 2 Privet Hawk moth below.

Monday 10 June 2019

Sunday morning

Sunday morning I went out ringing with Paul Hawkins. 49 new birds and 8 retraps, our highest total for the site. It looks like a good breeding season as nearly all the birds were 3j (this years young). Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Blue Tit, Long tailed Tit and Great Tit all seem to be doing well so far, but only 1 Sedge Warbler though and that was a retrap.

All images below are taken with the Iphone.

 Sedge Warbler


Blue Tit


Tuesday 4 June 2019

Kestrel and Barn Owl broods

On Sunday late afternoon under licence we ringed 5 Kestrel and 4 Barn Owl broods, which have been using the boxes put up in a very wildlife friendly farmers estate.

All images below were taken on the Cannon 1D MK3.

Barn Owl


After years of enjoying Kestrels and Barn Owls in the field, it was a real pleasure and experience, thanks Paul R.