The Dark Room

Thursday 27 August 2020

A busy August

 I've been busy ringing the last few weeks with PH and enjoyed some good results at our little site. So here are a few highlights. The 8th of August saw us smash our morning total with the help of PRO with over 100 new birds ringed 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Kingfisher and good numbers Garden Warbler were notable.


Juvenile Kingfisher

Grasshopper Warbler 

The 11th and 13th August saw more Juvenile Warblers go through the site - Reed & Sedge, Blackcap.

 The 20th which was a  solo ringing session produced a stunning 1cy Male Pied Flycatcher.

The 24th August highlights were 9 Willow Warbler and 2 Tree pipits both Juveniles.

Tree Pipit

And a total of 7 ringing sessions so far this month plus 4 working visits, we've been busy. And on one of those working visits we had a fly over Great white Egret!


Sunday 16 August 2020

A short break

 On the 31st August I drove up to north Norfolk with the wife for a short 3 day break in sweltering heat. We stayed again  in The Wiveton Belle like last year. Most of the time was spent on the beaches or enjoying the food in the Dun Cow and  the Black Lion, which are both very nice pubs.

On our last morning in Norfolk we walked around Salthouse enjoying Bearded Tit, Spoonbill, Little and Sandwich Terns, Fulmar etc. All common birds in Norfolk but not here in Hornchurch - so it made a nice change and so was firing off a few images on the camera as most of mine are from the phone when I'm ringing......

Adult Sandwich Tern