Garden Ringing: Monday, 8th July 2019

I haven’t done a garden session for nearly a year but sitting in on Steph’s first session prompted me to set up the nets and have a go.  I had my moth trap out in the garden last night, and thought it would be good to do a bit of ringing whilst checking what I had managed to attract to the light.  What I didn’t expect was that in a three-hour stint with 4 short nets set up I would trap more birds from more species than I did in Red Lodge on Saturday, from 4 times as much net and over a period of 6 hours.

Red Lodge is usually a very reliable site but, for whatever reason, Saturday was a very disappointing session.  There were lots of birds around but, unfortunately, they were around the tree-tops. I heard plenty of Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Marsh Tit and Long-tailed Tit, but caught none of them.  The list for the session was: Blue Tit 1[4]; Great Tit [3]; Coal Tit [1]; Wren [5]; Robin [3]; Song Thrush 1; Blackbird 2[1]; Blackcap [1]; Chiffchaff 1[2].  Totals: 5 adults ringed from 4 species and 20 juveniles ringed from 8 species, making 25 birds processed from 9 species.

The only species that the garden catch had in common with Red Lodge were Blue Tit, Coal Tit and Blackbird.  Of course, catching a Coal Tit in my garden is rather more unusual than it is catching them in Red Lodge.  However, the absolute highlight of my catch was a true first for my garden: a Whitethroat.  I have been studying the birds that come into my garden for nearly 11 years now and I have never seen a Whitethroat in the garden, let alone catch and ring one:

2019_07_08 Pavenhill

In addition, a newly fledged Goldcrest was good catch. I have seen and caught Goldcrest in the garden before, but this was the first juvenile.  The list for the session was: Blue Tit 2[8]; Coal Tit 1; Long-tailed Tit [2]; Dunnock 1[3]; Robin 1[2]; Blackbird [1]; Whitethroat [1]; Goldcrest [1]; Goldfinch 1[2]; Greenfinch 1[5].  Totals: 7 adults ringed from 6 species and 25 juveniles from 9 species, making 32 birds processed from 10 species.  It would have been 11 species but a Woodpigeon managed to extricate itself just before I got to it.

Anyway, as a different footnote, here are a few of the moths I caught last night:

Poplar Hawk Moth

Poplar HM

Privet Hawk Moth:

Privet HM

Yes – it is that big. Finally: a Sharp-angled Peacock:

Sharp-angled Peacock