Bird Ringing

Sunday, January 18th 2015

The bird ringers were visitng another site today.  Sunrise was glorious.


It was to be cold and dry all morning, but snow showers soon arrived.

Snow showers

 Between the showers birds were caught and processed.


126 birds were caught, 97 new - of which 23 were Blackbirds,  The two retrapped Blackbirds were 9 and 8 years old respectively which is remarkable.  A Great Spotted Woodpecker was 6 years old and a Nuthatch 5 years old.  A Blue Tit, Marsh Tit and Reed Bunting were all at least 3 years old.  The photograph below shows a male Reed Bunting with his black markings, and  the lighter, brown female.

Male and female Reed Bunting

It was a fun session and productive in the freezing weather!

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