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Autumn Bird Ringing

Monday, October 21st 2019

With autumn migration well underway, it is an exciting time of year for bird lovers. The ringers from Foxglove have been busy over the last few days and have caught some really interesting birds such as this Cetti's Warbler. This was caught using mist nets on a different site in a well established wetland scrub area:  it is the fifth to be ringed by the group in the last month. This is a species that appears to be moving north due to climate change.

At the same place, a well known favourite, a Kingfisher, made an appearance. It was a juvenile female, the males are even brighter!

Arguably, a more colourful bird still was a Green Woodpecker, also a young female. With its red, yellow and green plumage it was a real delight to see at close quarters. 

Redwing have started to move through the area in huge flocks. A few were ringed at the reedbed and since then hundreds have been observed flying over the reserve. A further thirty were ringed there today! These stunning thrushes are arriving from Scandinavia and a good mix of both adults and juveniles were ringed.

The first Fieldfare of the autumn was also ringed. It was an adult female, a very attractive looking bird!

Some birds that are resident all year round were also processed including this young female Bullfinch. 

Many smaller birds were ringed too; Long Tailed Tits, Blue Tits, Treecreepers and this gorgeous Goldcrest. The latter is the smallest bird species to be found in the UK and this one weighed only 6.2g (less than a twenty pence coin)!


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