Oxwich Marsh 16 December 2017: the end is nigh

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A typical weather-affected December has resulted in few ringing sessions, but a brief interlude in the wind and rain allowed us to get a session in on the 16th of the month. The forecast of a strengthening north-westerly wind that was likely to curtail the session mid-morning did not turn out to be correct, and we were able to carry on until midday.

The day total is below:

Species
New
Recaptured
Total
Great Spotted Woodpecker
0
1
1
Dunnock
2
3
5
Robin
0
3
3
Blackbird
1
0
1
Song Thrush
1
0
1
Blackcap
1
0
1
Goldcrest
1
1
2
Coal Tit
1
0
1
Blue Tit
12
45
57
Great Tit
3
13
16
Chaffinch
18
2
20
Brambling
3
0
3
Greenfinch
3
0
3
Goldfinch
16
7
23
Siskin
1
0
1
Reed Bunting
4
1
5
Total:
67
76
143

The highlights were as follows:

  • Probably the last blackbird of a record year for the species. This was our 57th individual of 2017. 
  • A first winter female blackcap captured in a net set for reed buntings emerging from a roost.
  • A good haul of finches, which included a control goldfinch, a record day total of three brambling, and an unseasonal (for the site) siskin (we capture our siskins between late January and July).
There was a very good turn out, so we took a group shot. Bird pics from Stephen Vickers and Kirsty Franklin also included below,
Photos are below
Owain Gabb
21/12/2017
L-R: Jo Conway, Val Wilson, Owain Gabb, Emma Cole, Sophie de Grissac, Keith Vaughton, Wayne Morris, Edward O’Connor, Martin Thomas, Stephen Vickers, Heather Coats, Kirsty Franklin, Sarah Davies and Alex McCubbin.
Brambling. A clear break in the greater coverts is visible, indicating a first winter bird.

Brambling. An adult this time,.

Goldfinch. One of our most frequently captured species.
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Guillemette de Grissac
December 23, 2017 11:52 am

Bramblings and goldfinches are surely happy to be ringed by a so sympathic group …