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Bird Ringing

Monday, October 21st 2013

Once the nets were raised and a cup of tea was drunk, a lesson on the switching on of the tape lure was given by Tony.

There was concern that Blue Tits had not had a good breeding season, but today there were increased numbers passing through the ringing room.  Some of these birds will be moving into Foxglove for the winter,  from the surrounding woodlands.  Bullfinches also saw an increase in numbers, some still in post juvenile moult.  Tree Creeper, Wren and Goldcrest also made an appearance.

Amongst the birds returned from the last net round were a Kingfisher, a Sparrowhawk and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.  Is this the Kingfisher that visitors have been watching, on the Lake, over the last few weeks?  It will be interesting to see if it is caught again.

Kingfisher

Tony pointed out the diagnostic features of the juvenile male Sparrowhawk.  Sparrowhawks breed late in the season so ensuring that their young have a plentiful supply of other young birds as they become independent.  

ringers looking at the Sparrowhawk

By the end of the day over 150 birds had been processed, 91 of them being new birds.

And finally - gentlemen were outnumbered today!

 The ringing team


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