Opened a net in the garden at Wyken on 6th April. Not much about, but did catch a new female Blackcap, which was nice, and a Control Chiffchaff, which was even better. Ring number DKL345. The first control Chiffchaff I've had at Wyken Hall, Suffolk!
Yes, I know things are just getting going on the migration ringing front, but here at Wyken in Suffolk I'm coming to the end of my ringing projects for good. Why? Well, at the end of April I'm moving to the Isle of Canna, in the Small Isles, off the west coast of Scotland!
I've just joined the Highland Ringing Group, who have been undertaking seabird ringing on the island for a number of years, and I hope to join them on some of their ringing sessions when they come over for their week-long trips. But I'll also be looking at covering other bird groups on the island, such as passerines (a possible Twite project has been suggested), and waders - lots of breeding Oystercatchers, Ringed Plovers, Lapwing, Snipe, and a few Curlew.
I'm going to keep this blog going, so you'll be kept up to date on my ringing activities on Canna.
Started the day with a bash at the 'Foraging Farmland Bird Project in Suffolk' March ringing session at Wyken Hall. Very disappointing, with just 4 birds caught for 4 hours of effort:
Dunnock 2 (1)
Reed Bunting 0 (1)
There were two Long-eared Owls flying around the field margins though, which was a site first for me. At one point, one landed in the middle of a field of winter stubbles, and was soon being mobbed by 27 Skylarks!
Went home to put a couple of nets up in the garden. As usual, tits were present in good numbers:
Robin 1 (0)
Marsh Tit 1 (1) - the new bird was colour-ringed for my RAS project
Coal Tit 1 (1)
Blue Tit 0 (18) - including one ringed 14/5/2011 as a nest-box pullus
Great Tit 1 (2)
Starling 1 (0) - never even seen a starling in the garden before!
Greenfinch 1 (0)
A bit of garden ringing today, followed by a walk around the lakes and woods here at Wyken Hall.
On the reservoir were a pair of Egyptian Geese with 5 newly fledged chicks - the first fledglings I've seen this year. Over in Rushgreen Grove my first Chiffchaff of the season was singing - feels like spring is definitely here!
As for the birds caught in the garden, nothing exceptional:
Dunnock 1 (2)
Robin 0 (1)
Blackbird 0 (1)
Song Thrush 1 (0)
Long-tailed Tit 1 (1)
Coal Tit 1 (1)
Blue Tit 1 (6)
Great Tit 1 (4)
The Control Blackbird was a male (CW79044), and was the 3rd bird controlled by me here at Wyken Hall this month - the others being a Reed Bunting (Y113822), and a Great Tit (L725053). In due course, when I get the reports through from the BTO, I'll post details here.
Still waiting for details from the Dutch Arnheim scheme about the Robin I caught here back in October (BA65008), but hopefully that will come through soon.