Sunday, April 13, 2008

A very nice morning.

In order to preserve my sanity I took some time out this morning to undertake a little ringing while gaining domestic credits.

What a morning, only 39 birds but 15 species requiring use of four different sets of rings. Interesting amongst them was a male Brambling (a winter visitor) and, 75 minutes later, two male Chiffchaff (summer visitors). Never before have I caught winter and summer visitors on the same day!

Also caught were four species of tit, the three garden favourites of Robin, Dunnock and Blackbird, three species of finch and singles of both Goldcrest and Great Spotted Woodpecker. A pair of Starling were also netted and ringed.

Although not a prolific morning there was plenty of quality.

(For those interested in these things 25 were new birds, and the rest all local retraps).

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