Wednesday, 23 December 2009

22nd December 2009 - A Farewell Ringing Day

To mark the end of Jake's contract working with me and Stuart it seemed fitting for the three of us to spend a day ringing at Warnham LNR and what a good day it was especially for thrushes and finches. The cold weather was definitely bringing them to the feeders.
The first birds caught were two new female Bullfinch which as a species seem to have done very well this year and brings us to just shy of 90 for the year! This was followed by a decent amount of Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Redpoll and especially Chaffinch. One of the adult Redpoll was very interestingly coloured with the forehead being a golden colour rather than the regular red (above).
The greatest surprise was the number of C rings we used today (ten in total) including a new Great Spotted Woodpecker (along with three retraps), two Fieldfare at dusk (first for this site) and the highlight of the day and a new bird for any of the sites a Mistle Thrush (above) which had seemingly been gorging on berries.
A House Sparrow (above) was also a great turn up for the books being only the third ringed at this site and there were a few notable retraps. These were two Marsh Tit which was a parent (below) and juvenile caught together in the summer (parent originally ringed in 2008) and two Treecreeper.
Also a bit of time was put into reading gull rings on the ice, but although at least eight colour rings were seen, and many metal rings, a combination of the bright light and the huge amount of birds resulted in only one ring being fully read. This was a Herring Gull ringed in Gloucestershire with a dark blue ring and orange lettering, although another ring which was black and white was half read and is almost certainly from France. If only it had been cloudy!!!
Birds ringed:
Bullfinch - 2
Robin - 5
Goldfinch - 3
Chaffinch - 9
Dunnock - 1
Redpoll - 5
Coal Tit - 1
Long-tailed Tit - 13
Greenfinch - 3
House Sparrow - 1
Blackbird - 6
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1
Mistle Thrush - 1
Fieldfare - 2
Song Thrush - 2

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