Monday, November 30, 2009

1cy Common Buzzard at Moore NR this a'noon.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Lovely weather for ducks

With a couple of hours free this afternoon, I headed up to Martin Mere WWT for a bit of birdin' in the rain.

Plenty of ducks, Whooper Swans and Greylags feeding on the pile of pile of potatoes, including this, erm, thing. Presumably a Ruddy Shelduck x Common Shelduck...

At the far end, 57 Barnacle Geese nestled in with the Pinkfeet in an attempt to look wild. Unfortunately, the Red-breasted Goose and the Canada x Barnacle hybrid gave the game away that this was the regular wintering feral flock. Well, unless they were all wild, of course.

And for those of you who prefer something fluffy with bucked teeth, here's a Beaver:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A nice surprise at Woolston this morning - an adult Woodcock. Th picture above is resized but uncropped... and taken with the equivalent of a 40 mm lens! Admittedly we we had just released the bird after ringing it, but even so. Stunning little beast.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Highlights from a morning's ringing at Woolston on nº 3 bed included a Moorhen, a control Lesser Redpoll (i.e. a bird retrapped that had previously been ringed somewhere else) and a couple of Water Rails.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ringing with an audience!

Highlights from a full days ringing at Meadow Bank Farm, Broxton, south Cheshire, including a 1st winter male Pied Wagtail (above), a GS Woopecker, several Linnets, 20+ Tree Sparrow and a host of other farmland species that are attracted to the farm by farmer Keith's excellent work in the area, including set-aside, mature hedgerows and planting sacrificial winter seed crop.

Monday, November 09, 2009

The morning was spent ringing at Oxmoor LNR, Halton, where highlights included an adult Redwing (below), a Magpie, a Linnet and 9 Lesser Redpolls.

The afternoon was spent up on Southport beach trying, and failing, to relocate the Shore Lark that had been there until that morning at which point it flew north never to be seen again (edit: at least not until Tuesday morning when, frustratingly, it was back on the beach again!). A minimum of 6 Twite were buzzing around overhead and the gull flock contained two metal-ringed Black-headed Gulls, sadly too far off to be able to read the ring numbers (or even work out if they were British rings or not).
At Sands Lake, Ainsdale, there was a single drake Shoveler as well as big numbers of Tufted Duck and Mallard. A lot of the Mallard were resisting the temptation of free bread and staying in a flock in the middle of the far and of the lake; immigrant birds, perhaps? The male of the resident pair of Mute Swans (currently with 3 young in tow) left the water just enough to allow its darvik ring to be read - DLS.

Thanks to Kane Brides and Wes Halton for digging out the history on this bird: it was ringed at Sands Lake, so a grand total movement of 0 km. Not very exciting... but, the bird was ringed as an adult in January 1992, making it at least 20 years old!!!