Spring Trapping Starts for the Autumn 22 July 2021
The autumn spring trapping started today with two traps put out as there are family parties and hungry young around at present. This proved successful with two Kites caught. Only the second ever adult with a single juvenile.
Benington Kite day a success 13th June 2021
Four nests visited today with 8 Kites ringed. 3 too small to wing tag but we will go back next week to fit the wing tags. A bonus brood of Buzzards were a ringing tick for two visitors - as were a couple of Jackdaws from the crow trap.
Brocket Park Kites ringed 11th June 2021
Two more broods of Red Kite this evening at Brocket Park as single and a brood of two.
The aim of the Southern Colour Marking Group is to study various species of bird using colour marking in London, Essex and Hertfordshire. We do this by catching the birds using a cannon net, a technique requiring a special licence, or finding nests of breeding birds and marking the young in the nest.
Birds captured using cannon nets are extracted from the net before being marked with individually numbered metal leg rings. Whilst ringing the birds, we take measurements and study plumage characteristics. As many birds as possible are marked with a colour mark (either leg ring or wing tag) which can be read with a telescope without the bird being recaptured.
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A catalogue of colour ringing projects throughout Europe is voluntarily maintained by Dirk Raes at European colour-ring Birding.
The group operates with the excellent support and cooperation of The Essex Wildlife Trust at Blue House Farm which operates the nature reserve and allows access for Brent Goose catching. The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and the London Wildlife Trust allow us to access sites in the Lee Valley Park for Heron and Egret work. Richard Bott kindly allows access to woodland on the Bott Estate for Red Kite monitoring.
We are grateful to the Essex Birdwatching Society and Essex Field Club for providing funding for the colour ringing programme for Brent Geese, London Wildlife Trust for Herons and Jenny Weston at the RSPB for support with Red Kite wing tagging.
The development of the dynamic mapping was supported by a grant from the British Birds Charitable Trust.
We also acknowledge financial support from Merlin Ringing Supplies.