Monday, 12 April 2010

12th April 2010 - A Session Like No Other

A very strange morning ringing at Chesworth Farm today, with a missed bag of species caught and interestingly not a single warbler, although conditions weren't the best being quite windy which limited Jake, Eddie and I to only half the normal nets.
Of the 59 birds caught 18 were new, starting with the first Magpie ever caught at this site, a first year bird (above), another Woodpigeon, a male Reed Bunting and a continental female Blackbird with a large brood patch. But the best result was catching ten House Sparrows (below). This is the most ever caught here in one session and four of which were retraps ringed in Jun 2009, Nov 2009, and two in Feb 2010.
The only other notable retraps were a Great Tit ringed in Nov 2007, a Blue Tit in Oct 2007 and a Blue Tit in Dec 2008.

Sightings included a lot of nesting activity and my first Hobby of the year.

Birds ringed:
Robin - 1 (1)
Great Tit - 2 (17)
Chaffinch - 5
Reed Bunting - 1
House Sparrow - 6 (4)
Blackbird - 1 (1)
Magpie - 1
Woodpigeon - 1
Blue Tit - (17)
Bullfinch - (1)

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