Bird ringing

Monday, January 20th 2014

The weather was wet and unpleasant as the ringers arrived today.  Within 30 minutes there was some improvement so a few nets were put up.  After all the recent rain the ground is well and truly waterlogged and the net rides deep in mud.  The conditions were not ideal!

More than 90 birds were processed and it was busy, but only 15 new birds were ringed illustrating that not many birds were moving and there is still a significant hole in the adult population.  There were more Lesser Redpolls on the reserve than of late and three were caught from previous years.

Lesser Redpoll

Several older birds were retrapped. Two Goldcrests, both weighing less than 5g, when checked were found to be over 2 years old.  They have both survived at least one severe winter.  A Blue Tit ringed as a juvenile in December 2007 and a Great Tit coming up to its eighth birthday also made an appearance.

Yesterday 'our' Kingfisher was seen on its perch on the Lake and a Woodcock was flushed.

Thank you to everyone who helped today.


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