Layers On Layers Off

Sunday, September 13th 2015

Our email to say that we were ringing at the Crater on Sunday at 0615 did state that we needed wellies and layers.  It was cold.  Everyone was well wrapped up and wellies were definitely needed after yesterday's rain.

Raising the nets

It has been some time since there has been a sunrise on the blog, but it was dramatic today.

Sunrise

Once the nets were raised, the 'ringing center' was organised.  Tables, chairs, scales, somewhere to hang the bird bags and of course the biscuits!  Notice the layers!

Ringing Center

By the time 'meals on wheels' arrived, courtesy of Glennis and Joan, some of the layers had been removed as it was still, warm and sunny.

Elevenses

Some young Goldfinches were caught, still in juvenile plumage.  You can just see some red feathers showing on this bird's head.

Juvenile Goldfinch

The majority of the birds caught were Mipits.  They have completed their post juvenile moult but have not yet started to build their fat layers ready for migration. Not only do they come to this part of the training area to feed but the large pools provide them with water.

Mipits by the pools

By lunchtime the clouds had built, the wind had increased and the layers were back on!  There were fewer birds coming to the nets so there was some time to look around and view Foxglove's moorland from a different place.

Foxglove's moorland

As the nets came down 298 new birds had been ringed and only one retrap.  An excellent day!  A huge thank you to everyone who helped.  Now we have to wait for the weather for a return visit.


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