We were working with the volunteers at Farlington today, that is to say myself (Bob) and Rob, my assistant were. It has occurred to me that we are a bit confusing being Bob and Rob, especially as my posts come up at by robertc! We had a good turn out of volunteers and set about sorting out the store. We are “blessed” with three tool and equipment stores in the area and there is some movement of equipment between them, which leads to confusion at times. Coupled with the fact that the stores had not been sorted in a while this can make finding things, or even knowing what we have a bit tricky. So over the last week we have set about all of them. All seem to have vast stores of gloves with a hole in one finger and miscellaneous tools that should have been discarded or repaired ages ago. We also took the opportunity to make an inventory and sort things out so we might be able to find them next time we need them. Obviously I know this will only last a few months, entropy will take over and disorder will creep in, but we can dream.
As a result of all this hard work little wildlife was seen. The Hayfield was full of brent geese, at least 1800, possibly more.
Earlier I had taken a look at a small group in the Bushes near the Building, only a small group but it included three colour ringed birds. They were all ringed at Farlington in 1999 and the age of the rings is beginning to tell, one of the birds had lost the ring from the right leg, so I will never know which one it was. Two of the others were a pair white 7, red 2 and white =, red 3. They were ringed as a pair of adults on 12th January 1999 and have been together ever since, they are almost certainly at least 16 years old, probably older.
Unfortunately the only other ringed bird I saw had also lost a ring, it was also paired, although with an unringed partner, but they did have one youngster, good going in a year when most pairs failed. I also made one other interesting brent goose related observation today, about 11:50 a group of about 200 flew down from over the eastern end of Portsdown Hill, they had obviously been feeding somewhere to the west of Waterlooville, an area where the used to go but don’t seem to have been for a few years, as far as I know. I would be very interested to know which field they are using.
Other wildlife today included a few bearded tit near the Building and 2 Cetti’s warbler singing, one to the north and the other to the south of the Building. One visitor reported seeing the male marsh harrier and a slavonian grebe was seen from the Point