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Birds Galore!

Monday, April 1st 2013

Yesterday the bird ringers were ringing at another site and were thrilled to catch some Yellowhammers.  One was seen at Foxglove about  two weeks ago, a very rare visitor to the reserve.  These birds prefer open fields.

Yellowhammer

They also processed over 20 Reed Buntings.

Ringing took place again today at Foxglove and the ice was crunching underfoot as the nets were raised.  Net rounds were carried out regularly and birds were returned to the ringing room.  It soon became clear that we were in for a busy time!

63 Chaffinches were caught of which 40 had not been ringed before.  These birds are frequently seen in the back garden and flying through the trees around the reserve.

Male Chaffinch

A rarer visitor was this Nuthatch.  They can sometimes be seen collecting food from the back garden feeders and flying off with it, to hide for later use.

Nuthatch

10 new Robins and 13 Blackbirds were ringed.  NO new Great Tits! 16 Brambling including a control, a bird that has been ringed elsewhere, were handled.  Unusually only three new Lesser Redpolls were caught.  A surprise was a Common (Mealy) Redpoll.  There were more Bullfinches processed today than there has been recently.  The final total for the day was 233 birds.

Although the sun shone and there was blue sky overhead it remained cold.  However Brian found this larch flower, so it has just made it onto the March observation board - a hint of spring?

Larch flower

Thank you to everyone who helped today, ringing, walking miles on net rounds, checking birds, making tea, baking delicious cakes! and of course not forgetting the counting of the bird bags and tidying up at the end of the day.


(1) Comments:

Kelly responded on 1st Apr 2013 with...

I visited today with my husband and parents and really enjoyed seeing the bird ringing, very caring and helpful staff who were very informative of what they where doing. It was amazing to be able to let go of the birds after they had finished ringing. An experience I will never forgot.

Thank you so much for another lovely day out, after seeing the ringed birds we decided to adopt a bird box as well so really looking forward to finding out where my box is and then getting the information at the end to see how it was used by the birds.

Looking forward to a return trip that we have already set for the end of April

See you all soon and thanks again for the hard work you all do making the place such a fantastic experience.

Hugs
Kelly


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