Thursday, 18 March 2010

16th, 17th and 18th March 2010 - Four Sessions of Ringing in Three Days

Starting with a net up in the sluice at Warnham LNR on 16th resulting in just one bird being caught - a new adult female Kingfisher (below).
The 17th was a day of ringing at home in the garden and with three nets and two potter traps all day only 12 new birds were caught of four species although an interesting retrap was a female Greenfinch that was originally ringed at Warnham LNR on 28th Sep 2009, being only the second transfer between these two sites.

The 18th began with an early start for Jake and I at Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods hoping to catch Firecrests and after three hours we caught just two birds - a Song Thrush (a new ringing species for the site) and a stunning adult male Yellowhammer (which was the first of this species ever ringed at the sites) below.
At the end of the day we relocated to Southwater CP where we did the long overdue roost that heralded nine new birds included a Redwing, a Song Thrush (new ringing species for the site) and the first warbler of the year a male Blackcap - also new for the site - (below).
Birds ringed:
Kingfisher - 1
Yellowhammer - 1
Song Thrush - 2
Redwing - 1
Blue Tit - 2
Great Tit - 1
Blackcap - 1
Wren - 1
Greenfinch - 5
Blackbird - 1

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