The Dark Room

Sunday 26 July 2020

In the garden

Made two visits to our ringing site on the 14th and 17th July with PH catching double figures of common warblers on both dates - these figures will rise as the season goes on........

Back at home in the garden this 2cy Male Sparrowhawk was ringed on the 21st after work. A first for the garden.

 A increase in Golfinches this week with 6 being ringed and no doubt the Sparrowhawk has noticed more birds visiting the garden. A Chiffchaff  was seen on 25th as was a Red Kite over. Other than that Magpies and up to 8 Jackdaw are eating up all the fat balls that were meant for the Rose-coloured Starlings!

Monday 13 July 2020

Ringing ticks

Saturday morning I joined up with PRO up at the farm with PH for a woodland/garden species ringing session. Over 50 birds processed was a decent total and PH finally got to ring a Pied Wagtail after a five year wait. A code 5 Male was also a first in the hand for me to to be fair - smart birds.

I was up again before 5am Sunday morning with PH ringing at our little site. With over 40 birds processed the highlights were recapturing a male Common Whitethroat ringed back in May 2019 by me as a code 4, which has certainly done some milage migrating back and forth to the south of the Sahara . But bird of the weekend was a beautiful Adult Green Sandpiper, which was a massive surprise when I picked it out of the mist net!

Sunday 5 July 2020

Barn Owls

Before work on Monday morning 30th June I had the pleasure along with PH to ring two young Barn Owls. Both were in good condition and was quickly placed back into their nest box.

Also thanks to Dave Mc and Mick for their effort to make the morning run smoothly.