Bird Ringing

Sunday, September 14th 2014

The lake was like a mirror this morning.

The lake

Conditions were perfect for ringing, and set to be so for the morning, until it started to drizzle!  Thankfully this soon eased.  More Blue Tits made an appearance today than of recent weeks.  Chiffchaffs had been heard on the reserve over the last few days and 15 new ones were ringed today.  Bullfinches continued to be caught and seven were added to those already ringed.  By now most of them are beginning to show their adult colouring.  This young male looks like he has come in contact with red powder paint!  You can also see that he has a dirty beak, from feeding on various berries.

Juvenile male Bullfinch

Once released he sat on a branch for a couple of minutes before flying off.

Juvenile Bullfinch

Also caught today were Nuthatch, Kingfisher and Willow Tit.  The final total was 121 birds.

During the morning the local RSPB group came to Foxglove.  They visited the ringing room where the whole process of ringing was explained to them. 

RSPB group in the ringing room

 Thank you to everyone who helped today.


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