Yellowhammers

Monday, February 13th 2012

Some of the Foxglove ringing team were at Bellflask Quarry near West Tanfield today.  This interesting site is used to gain experience with species not normally found at Foxglove.

Yellowhammer in the hand

Among the 80+ birds processed today were Yellowhammers which can be quite difficult to age and sex.  This young male was one of four caught among several Reed Buntings and other species typical of restored quarries and agricultural land.

Yellowhammer

A male Reed Bunting ringed at Bellflask in Feb 2010 has just been reported killed by a cat in Shap, Cumbria, some 83km distant, 680 days after ringing.


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