Monday, 4 January 2010

4th January 2010 - Highest Day Total

Stuart, Eddie and myself went to Chesworth this morning for the first session of the new year which turned out to be the biggest number of birds I have caught in one session since getting my 'C' permit in 2008. 110 new birds were ringed in the very cold weather which were mainly dominated by tits and finches, but also two Redwing (below).
Another interesting, but unfortunate, catch was a retrap Great Tit that had avian pox on its left thigh. What is interesting is that it didn't have the pox when originally ringed on 16th Oct 2009 (below) whereas all other birds I have ringed have already had it. My belief was that this disease was instigated in the nest, which this bird obviously wasn't!
During the day we also came very close to ringing a Barn Owl ands two Snipe that came into the pond area but just narrowly missed the nets!!
Birds ringed:
Redpoll - 2
Chaffinch - 6
Goldfinch - 14
Blue Tit - 47
Great Tit - 14
Dunnock - 1
Reed Bunting - 4
Long-tailed Tit - 3
Greenfinch - 17
Redwing - 2

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