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Uist ringing summary – August 2010

Not a bad start to our ringing here in Uist, we did our first ringing on the 16th August and have been catching at two sites – our garden and the garden next door. The two gardens couldn’t be more different – Bill has been in his house 30 years and the vegetation is, for this windswept place, pretty amazing! In contrast our house is only 5 years old and there is virtually nothing. We didn’t really hold out much hope of catching much here in ours but have been very surprised indeed.

Our totals for August are:-

Species New Retrap
Total





Swallow 1

1
Meadow Pipit 26

26
Wren 4 1
5
Robin 2 1
3
Blackbird 15 2
17
Song Thrush 4

4
Willow Warbler 3

3
Goldcrest 1

1
House Sparrow 38 3
41
Greenfinch 2

2
Lesser Redpoll 42 3
45
Reed Bunting 6

6





12 144 10
154

The majority of the Meadow Pipits, Lesser Redpolls and House Sparrows have been captured in our own garden.

Goldcrest, captured in Bill's garden

Goldcrest, captured in Bill's garden

Conditions have been pretty midgy at times, some of the early mornings with hardly a breathe of wind being the worst. Our brilliant bug shirts that we got in Canada last year are working a treat though.

at least these midgies aren't like the mozzies at Delta last year - they are not able to bite through your clothes!

at least these midgies aren't like the mozzies at Delta last year - they are not able to bite through your clothes!

A surprise in the net was this Swallow

A surprise in the net was this Swallow

This Greenfinch had been feeding on the Rosa rugosa hips

This Greenfinch had been feeding on the Rosa rugosa hips

Norma gave me some lettuce plants, hope they grow, i'm trying to keep them as sheltered as possible.

Norma gave me some lettuce plants, hope they grow, i'm trying to keep them as sheltered as possible.

and finally here’s a pic of me in the kitchen, baking again

Busy in the kitchen

Busy in the kitchen

The worrying thing about this apron is i didn’t buy it, Ian already had it so i think it must be his :-o

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