The Dark Room

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.