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Autumn ringing, week 7

21st August 2009

A steady day with 121 birds ringed. Belen was resting up after her fall from the ringing room steps yesterday so Ian and i did all the net checks. Only 5 nets open as it was a fairly strong northerly wind.

Tennessee Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

No. ringed today: 121
No. of species today: 19
Ringed so far this season: 2178

22nd August 2009

A slowish day with all nets open. Felt cold this morning – only 6′C. Seems to have been an influx of Red-breasted Nuthatches there were lots around and we caught an adult male. New birds ringed for the Autumn were Red-breasted Nuthatch and Mourning Warbler. There were 6 Common Terns on the diversion, fairly unusual for here.

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Yellow-rumped Warbler - we get Myrtles here

Yellow-rumped Warbler - we get Myrtles here

No. ringed today: 54
No. of species today: 14
Ringed so far this season: 2232

23rd August 2009

When you get birds in the net as soon as they’re opened you know it’s going to be a busy day. The weather was kind to us and only one net was kept closed. Heidi had been reluctant to go off to church and leave us but we told her “no, go, we’ll be fine even if it’s a 200 bird day”. Luckily only one or two nets at a time were catching good numbers of birds – usually nets 11 or 12 and 6 or 7. Two more Red-breasted Nuthatches were captured and following the adult male yesterday it was helpful for us to see an adult female and a hatch year male today, giving us the chance to see the differences in all the plumages. New for the Autumn was a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and an adult Gambel’s white-crowned Sparrow that was moulting heavily (i think it’s the one that has been hanging around for the last couple of weeks). Chestnut-sided Warbler was also new for the Autumn. We had a really nice range of species, 27 in all. When Heidi arrived back from church we were just ringing the last birds, she said “you must have done a good number as there were birds EVERYWHERE on the drive in!”. Yup, 247 birds of 27 species is not a bad morning’s ringing.

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Ian looking busy

Ian looking busy!

No. ringed today: 247
No. of species today: 27
Ringed so far this season: 2479

24th August 2009

Last evening a rainfall weather warning was issued. Woke up to thunder and lightening which continued until 7am. The torrential rain only stopped just before noon. A day for data entry! I saw the Gambel’s White-crowned Sparrow lurking around in his usual spot – he has a bright shiny ring.

No. ringed today: 0
No. of species today: 0
Ringed so far this season: 2479

After lunch we walked the ridge and there were soooo many birds – American Redstarts, Tennessee Warblers, Yellow Warblers, Nashville Warblers, Baltimore Orioles, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Warbling Vireos, Red-eyed vireos, Northern Waterthrushes, Myrtle Warblers and the first Magnolia Warblers seen this Autumn. A great afternoons birding.

Did the same after supper but continued on to the diversion (pretty quiet there apart from 6 Forster’s Terns, 3 Ring-billed Gulls and a couple of Western Grebes). Still very windy. Still plenty of mozzies :-(

This notice appeared on the wall in the kitchen and really made me laugh. Just about says it all really, i mean, who else would eat meat pie sandwich oozing with pickle or meatball sandwich with green relish for their breakfast but Ian :-)

This notice appeared on the wall in the kitchen and really made me laugh. Just about says it all really, i mean, who else would eat meat pie sandwich oozing with pickle or meatball sandwich with green relish for their breakfast but Ian :-)

25th August 2009

Still plenty of birds around today with a couple of hundred caught and ringed. A good variety today and we ringed 29 species including 16 species of warbler. New for the Autumn was Magnolia Warbler and Grey-cheeked Thrush.

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Grey-cheeked Thrush

Veery

No. ringed today: 202
No. of species today: 29
Ringed so far this season: 2681

26th August 2009

A steady day, with again, a good variety of birds and 15 species of warbler. Nothing new for Autumn but some really interesting and challenging birds. A warm sunny day with a wind from the south that increased as the morning went on. Down to t-shirts but still got mozzed in the shady areas :-( Another Red-breasted Nuthatch ringed – there are still plenty of them around plus lots of Tennessee Warblers and American Redstarts.

Cape May Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

No. ringed today: 145
No. of species today: 23
Ringed so far this season: 2826

As we usually do we birded along the ridge on foot during the afternoon, there were still PLENTY of birds around. After supper we “walked the loop”, a great sight of Sandhill Cranes passing overhead obviously looking for somewhere to roost for the night. Got mozzed and headed back for beer o’clock.

27th August 2009

Well! A busy day with lots of ring and fling – the bird is identified, ringed, aged, sexed and released without further biomerics or measurements being taken. We ring and fling when we have large numbers of birds as we aim to reduce the amount of time the birds are held in bags to as short a time as possible. As with any ringing operation the welfare of the bird is always our top priority.

Whoever was on net duty was coming back festooned with birds with nets 7, 11 and 12 catching most but 8 and 9 also having their moments. Belen scribed and Ian and I took it in turns at being either on net duty or ringing.

New for the Autumn was Black-throated Green Warbler and Philadelphia Vireo. There was also a Blackpoll Warbler and i was voted “Plonker of the Day” when i explained to Belen the finer points of differentiating hatch year Blackpolls from Bay-breasted Warblers then promptly released it without ringing it. Ooops!

A good number of Tennessee Warblers with 101 of them ringed today. American Redstarts and Yellow Warblers made up the majority of the rest of the birds although we did get 10 Black and White Warblers. The final tally for the day was 263 birds of 23 species – making our total birds ringed this week 1032 birds.

Black-throated Green Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

No. ringed today: 263
No. of species today: 23
Ringed so far this season: 3089
Season summary
At end of week 7: 3089 birds
Birds this week: 1032
Species so far: 67 species
Best fall ever: 7390 (in 2006)

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