Sunday, 30 October 2011

Gibraltar Ringing Oct 2011

What an amazing 18 days at the Gibraltar Bird Obs. Thanks to Ray Marsh for acting as trainer and allowing me ring there as a trainee. Ringed over 50 Black Redstart as well as Firecrest, Dartford Warbler, Serin, Nightjar, Red-necked Nightjar, Kestral, Crag Martin, Sardinian Warbler and Scops Owl. Extracting the Short-toed Treecreeper, Hawfinch and Wryneck were real highlights. 

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

SCAN w/end

Good weekend as usual with SCAN. First session of the season so good to meet up with old friends. Quite a few new faces.
Mist nest session on Friday night with a very late tide so got to bed at 3am! Several Curlew caught, 3 Dunlin, a good number of Redshank, 1 Mallard & 1 Teal. Plus 3 Lapwing which was a new bird for me.
Very good catch of 448 Oystercatchers on Saturday. And about 25% re-traps which is excellent news. Hard work though extracting on a rising tide. Had the night off so we all went to the pub.
Sunday was a Curlew catch. A lot of twinkling was needed and it all came good in the end with 15 birds plus a most excellent bonus of 2 Bar-tailed godwit. Sorry no photo's. Will do better next time.