Bird Ringing

Monday, December 2nd 2013

Early morning at Foxglove saw the sun rising over the reed bed.

Sun rising behind the reed bed

Sun rising behind the reed bed

The low sun caught the tops of the trees behind the newly coppiced willow in the scrapes. 

Sun catching the trees

The  nets were raised and we were hopeful of catching Redwing and possibly Fieldfare, however they all decided to leave the reserve and feed on the moor!  Some Blackbirds were caught and their measurements indicated that they may be winter migrants.



Long Tailed Tits have been seen in the tops of the trees around the reserve, but not many have found their way to the ringing room.  A small flock was seen on the feeders outside the kitchen early this morning.  The last net round returned several of these tiny birds who weigh in at around 8g.  Some of them were ringed but one retrapped Long Tailed Tit was four year old, an amazing age for such a tiny bird added to that the harshness of the last two winters.

When taking a photograph of a bird in the hand the welfare of the bird is paramount.  This 'Lotti' sat beautifully so that the whole bird could be photograph, illustrating its long tail - hence its name!

Long Tailed Tit

As another photograph was taken it turned its head and it is very difficult not to be anthropomorphic. Don't I look so cute?

Long Tailed Tit

Other birds caught included Marsh Tits, Robins and several Goldcrests.  Surprisingly after flocks of 50 or so Chaffinches were recorded in the back garden this week, only two were caught today. 

Many thanks go to everyone who made the day successful.

(1) Comments:

Tim Randall responded on 2nd Dec 2013 with...

Picture of Tim Randall

Wonderful photos!


Leave a Comment:

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

The following question is designed to make sure you are a real person and helps us cut down on spam.
Your comments will appear here once an administrator has reviewed them.

How many weeks are in a year? (2 character(s) required)

Back to Top

Recent Blog Posts:

Net ride management 2017/18

Posted 22nd March 2018

Net rides again folks!  Over the last few volunteer days we finished tidying up net ride 34 and proceeded to cut net ride 38; today…

Read More

Officially Spring!

Posted 21st March 2018

Not only is it the Met Office spring, it is also the spring equinox spring!  So before setting out for our walk we wrapped up…

Read More

Tree Thinning Completed

Posted 20th March 2018

Work on thinning one area of young woodland has been completed today with four volunteers working to reduce the competition from Birch, Bramble and Gorse…

Read More

The Effects of Snow and Ice

Posted 19th March 2018

The second spell of cold weather is now gradually passing, the thin layer of snow is melting and things are warming up.  Lark and Taurus…

Read More

Sitemap | Accessibility Policy | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions |