Brent Goose Catch 22 Jan 2023
A very difficult weekend a nice double set on the Saturday saw a frustrating day with very little activity near the catching area. Small numbers of birds on the catch field but many birds at the other end of the farm were more interested in grazing on a sheep field. Sunday morning we deployed blockers in each field and managed to eventually get just over 200 birds in the catch field but tantalisingly close to the catching area but just not close enough. After a very slow bit of pressure we had a few birds in the catching area and took a small catch of five birds as a consolation as the flock looked twitchy and like it was going to lift.
26th Feb 2022
A nice end to the season with 9 Brent Geese colour ringed.
Small Brent Goose Catch 12th Feb 2022
A slightly frustrating day when the geese seemed to favor the south side of the river. 15 birds in the catching area seemed worth firing on but the wind held the net and we only managed to catch five of them. Full processing and birds all released fine was still positive for a slightly difficult day.
A selection of pictures below.
The Southern Colour Ringing Group catches Brent Geese using a cannon net, which involves firing a large net over birds feeding on grazed fields or salt marsh.
Once the net is set and the cannons connected, we wait for geese to be attracted to decoys we have put in the field near the set net. When enough geese are in the area and it is safe to do so, the net is fired.
The team of ringers then removes the geese from under the net and temporarily places them in hessian sacks which are stored in a holding area for processing. Birds are then aged and fitted with an uniquely numbered metal ring. Measurements may be taken to help identify the sex of each goose. We also fit colour rings (green rings with white letters and a two digit code) which allows the birds to be relocated without needing to be recaptured. There are many more bird-watchers looking for colour-ringed birds, than there are cannon netting teams, so this greatly improves our chances of understanding the movements of the birds from the Crouch Estuary.
2018-2019 winter totals
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