Tuesday, August 14, 2007

RSPB Conwy Ringing Demonstration.

Was asked to help at this ringing demonstration over the weekend as ringers in North Wales are few. It was a bit of a shock to the system with an awakening at 3.20am (believe me it was still dark). After picking up another volunteer - Jack Taylor from SW Lancs Ringing Group - we got to Conwy for just before 5.30. We put up just four nets (200ft) and, with a tape-lure running, we caught 154 birds in a little over three hours, which was good going. In addition we managed 19 species which was excellent as far as the public were concerned - from Wren to Sparrowhawk. Blue Tit and Reed Warbler were the most common, but the Lesser Whitethroat and Garden Warblers were nice birds to have in the hand for show. By the end of the morning most of those present knew all about emargination as a ways and means of distinguishing Chiffchaff from Willow Warbler and those in moult produced other interesting morphological features. The sparrowhawk was undoubtedly the bird of the morning although the single solitary House Martin that blundered into the net was a interesting second.

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