Bird Ringing

Monday, March 3rd 2014

The winter has been mild but has not been kind for bird ringing.  Many Sundays have been wet and windy.  When checked on Thursday, the forecast was ideal for today, by last night we wondered if we would be able to put any nets up at all.  However the wind stayed low and the rain held off until after lunch.

Over 200 birds were processed including a Blackbird that was was coming up to its eighth birthday!  There have not been many Brambling seen this year but three came through the ringing room today.  Lesser Redpolls are now being seen on the reserve and some of these birds were handled by the ringers.  

Goldcrests are tiny birds and weigh less than 5g.  This one was very photogenic.

Goldcrest

Tree Creeper, Reed Bunting and Goldfinch were also included in the final total.

The ringing room was busy not only with birds but visitors also.  

A busy ringing room

Children were fascinated by the birds and learnt a great deal from the bird ringers who patiently told them all about the birds and why they were being ringed.

the ringing room and young visitors

No sunrise photographs today but a little further sign of Spring in the breaking buds of willow, covered by ice droplets.

Willow buds with ice droplets

Many thanks to everyone who helped today.  As always there was tea to make, bags to count, meeting and greeting visitors, tidying up and of course bird ringing!


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