The Dark Room

Monday 30 September 2019


28th September

A short session on Saturday morning up at Paul R's farm produced 29 new and 6 retraps before the wind stopped play. 5 Yellowhammer being the highlights - stunning birds.

Male Yellowhammer

Thursday 26 September 2019

21st September

Saturday 21st September

A quieter morning than of late with 28 new and 5 retraps. 12 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Jay being the highlights with PH.

3 Male Goldcrest

 4 Adult Jay

Also heard 3 Tawny Owl whilst setting up the nets.

Tuesday 24 September 2019


With Saturdays Great White Egret found in the afternoon on the back pool. it puts my patch year list on 113. Common Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Grasshopper Warbler and Whimbrel being the other latest birds seen on the patch. Last years total was 117 which will be hard to beat? Whatever the final score will be, I'm enjoying the patch.

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)