Special Birds

Monday, October 22nd 2012

A beautiful morning greeted the bird ringers as they arrived first thing this morning.  Scots Pines along the middle moor fence were bathed in early morning sunshine.

Scots Pines in the early morning sun

Willow Tits are not often found on the reserve and so there was a great deal of interest in this one.

A Willow Tit

A Kingfisher was caught over the weir and returned to the ringing room - was this the bird visitors have seen fishing in the lake over the last few days? Tony explained how to age the Kingfisher before Joanna put a ring on it.

Tony explaining how to age a Kingfisher

In the sunshine the beautiful irridescent colours could be seen on this young male.

Kingfisher in the sunshine

By the end of the day 214 birds of 21 species had been processed including more Brambling, Bullfinch, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Goldcrest, Reed Bunting, Goldfinch, and Wren.  Among the retraps were several birds between five and seven years old.

Thank you to everyone who helped today.


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