Change of Birds

Sunday, October 29th 2017

As the summer turns to autumn, so the birds coming to the ringing room also change.  Chiffchaffs have now all headed south.  Redpolls and Coal Tits begin to return to Foxglove.  The first of the winter migrants arrive and Brambling and Redwing were ringed today.

Redwing

Whilst working and walking on the reserve Kestrels have been spotted.   A young male was newly ringed today.  We may see its ring whilst it searches for food over Foxglove.

A young Kestrel

Many visitors came to the ringing room and were enthralled at seeing the birds close up whilst the process of ringing was explained to them.

Visitors in the ringing room

Most unusually a Marsh Tit and a Willow Tit were ringed together so the differences could be highlighted.  The Willow Tit is farthest away, the Marsh Tit is at the front.

Willow Tit left, Marsh Tit right

A retrapped Coal Tit was found to be 4 year old and a tiny Goldcrest was first ringed as a juvenile in October 2015.  Other species ringed today included Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Redpoll.

Flying overhead were Sparrowhawks and John photographed this one.

Sparrowhawk

The sun shone most of the day and there were still some Common Darters sunbathing!

Common Darter

Thank you to everyone who helped today.


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