Ringing Report - 2004
Snow Buntings - Kessingland Beach - February 2005 - © Andrew Easton
Ringing in Lizardland in 2004 was carried out at four sites:-
This is a linear site, following the path of the old railway track, and consisting largely of tall hedgerows with some trees. Ringing was mainly undertaken in autumn, when migrant birds, particularly Blackbirds, occur in the hawthorn hedges. A Pied Flycatcher in August, and a Woodcock in October were notable captures, but no rarities were even seen. As an innovation, the site was extended to near the old sewage works, where a Greenland Wheatear was ringed in Spring and a good number of finches and Meadow Pipits were trapped in Autumn.
Cetti's Warbler - Kessingland - April 2004 - © Robert Wilton
Kessingland Sewage Works
This title covers a complex of habitats including not only the Anglian Water compound, but a scrub area owned by the Parish Council and a reedbed and wooded land in private ownership. The scrub in particular was very good for warblers such as Blackcap and Whitethroat, and the wooded area produced many Chiffchaffs plus the Dusky Warbler which was trapped during a brief departure from its favoured feeding-ground on the cliffs. The reedbed is home to a pair of Cetti's Warblers and 5 birds including young were ringed while patrolling the scrub. In the autumn migrants included single Redstart and Pied Flycatcher, but mostly Blackbirds and thrushes were trapped in good numbers. Activity within the sewage works compound was limited by access conditions but 2 Grey Wagtails and several Pied Wagtails and pipits were ringed.
Dusky Warbler - Kessingland - December 2004 - © Robert Wincup
Lowestoft Harbour (mainly SLP)
Conditional permission was obtained to ring Kittiwake chicks in part of the colony on the "wall" and a small additional number was ringed in the overflow colony on Claremont Pier, making 21 altogether. 56 Herring Gull chicks and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls in a loose colony on the SLP site were also ringed.
Snow Buntings were attracted to an area of the beach baited with seed and a total of 268 birds were ringed in January/February and November/December. Birds originally ringed at Caister (Norfolk, 28kms north) were re-trapped in both winters and even more Kessingland birds were trapped again at Caister, demonstrating some movement along the East Coast. Seven birds returned to our beach in the second winter suggesting site fidelity.
Just outside the Lounge Lizards' area, a brood of Swallows and one of Spotted Flycatchers were ringed at Benacre and two Storm Petrels were "tape-lured" at Covehithe.
RINGING TOTALS BY SPECIES
2004 SPARROWHAWK 1 4 WOODCOCK - 1 TURNSTONE - 10 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL - 2 HERRING GULL - 56 KITTIWAKE - 21 WOOD PIGEON 1 4 CUCKOO - 1 KINGFISHER - 1 GREEN WOODPECKER 1 4 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER - 1 SAND MARTIN - 20 HOUSE MARTIN - 2 MEADOW PIPIT - 17 GREY WAGTAIL - 2 PIED WAGTAIL - 11 WREN 13 41 DUNNOCK 14 89 ROBIN 26 86 NIGHTINGALE - 3 REDSTART - 1 WHEATEAR 1 BLACKBIRD 157 291 SONG THRUSH 12 45 REDWING 8 7 CETTI'S WARBLER - 5 SEDGE WARBLER - 36 REED WARBLER - 27 LESSER WHITETHROAT - 17 WHITETHROAT - 121 GARDEN WARBLER - 8 BLACKCAP 9 118 DUSKY WARBLER - 1 CHIFFCHAFF 1 84 WILLOW WARBLER - 14 GOLDCREST 27 78 FIRECREST 2 4 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER - 1 PIED FLYCATCHER - 2 LONG-TAILED TIT 35 56 COAL TIT - 2 BLUE TIT 51 115 GREAT TIT 13 71 TREECREEPER 2 1 JAY 1 3 HOUSE SPARROW - 8 CHAFFINCH 6 45 BRAMBLING - 4 GREENFINCH 11 140 GOLDFINCH - 32 LINNET - 12 LESSER REDPOLL 1 - BULLFINCH 4 10 SNOW BUNTING 9 268 YELLOWHAMMER - 20 REED BUNTING - 2 TOTALS 405 2026
Ringing data supplied by Colin Carter
For more details on ringing in 2003 click here.