Bird Ringing

Sunday, February 15th 2015

A lie in for the bird ringers this morning with an 8am start.

As always net rounds were carried out regularly and a steady stream of birds were returned to the ringing room.  Over 100 new birds were processed during the day, from a total of 161.  Surprisingly although up to seven Blackbirds at a time have been counted in the back garden not one was caught today at Foxglove.  However Jack, one of the ringing group who rings on Salisbury Plain, contacted us to report that he had a controlled a Blackbird wearing a Danish ring which is quite unusual.  Details to follow.

There have been fewer Lesser Redpolls sighted around the reserve over the last few weeks but they more than made up for it today.  A total of 39 birds were caught and only four had been ringed previously.

Lesser Redpoll

Now that the lake is free from ice the Kingfishers have returned.  The female caught today was born and ringed last year.


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