Woolston Eyes Monthly Sightings


There was no ringing at Woolston the previous weekend, because of the poor weather. Dave Riley and Zoe Houghton were ringing on No1 bed on the Friday afternoon and caught 38 birds, 36 new, including 1 Meadow Pipit, 6 Lesser Redpolls and a single Goldfinch. Sightings on that day included, 1 Snipe, 237 Fieldfare, 33 Redwing, 30 Lesser Redpolls, 2 Siskin and a Little Grebe still present on the East Pool.

On the Saturday morning, Dave was joined by Stacey Whitely, catching a further 50 birds, 45 new, including the first Redwing of the year for the reserve, 1 Coal Tit and 1 Treecreeper. Greenfinches were on the move and 37 were caught over the two sessions. Sightings included 700+ Woodpigeons, 40 Skylarks, 110 Fieldfare, 40 Redwings and 3 Siskins.

Dave Bowman, Les Jones and Dave Steel carried out an excellent Migration Watch from Butchersfield tip, counting almost 8,000 birds, including 2 Crossbills and nearly 4,500 Woodpigeons.



Brief highlights included an adult Siskin on No3 bed, their first since 2002, along with 2 Redwings and 6 Lesser Redpolls, while on No1 the highlights included a Meadow Pipit and 7 Goldcrests.

Sightings included: No1 bed, 45 Lesser Redpolls and 132 Starlings flying north in 2 flocks - a species not often seen on the bed. No3 bed, a Buzzard low over the ringing hut and a small passage of Redwings, totalling around 100.



Dave Riley ringed on No1 bed on the Friday morning, catching 61 birds, 56 new, including 14 Goldcrests, 2 Meadow pipits, 1 Redwing, 2 Coal Tits and a Treecreeper. Sightings on the bed included 20+ Skylarks, 10 Fieldfare, 27 Jacdaws, 30+ Lesser Redpolls and 3 Siskins.

The Team on No3 bed were out on Saturday morning, catching 58 new birds, including the first Cetti”s Warbler of the year, an adult female, along with 1 Redwing and an excellent 15 Reed Buntings. Sightings here included a small passage of Redwings and Fieldfares.