Saturday, 25 February 2012

Thrybergh Country Park - 25th February 2012

My first ringing trip in two weeks was a return visit to Thrybergh Country Park in Rotherham. We had three nets up and, after a quiet start, managed a total of 23 birds of 10 species (Blackbird, Great and Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Yellowhammer, Wren, Dunnock, Reed Bunting and House Sparrow) . As well as ringing we also held a demonstration which is always good fun. The Yellowhammer was a cracking male and the House Sparrow was aged as a 5 ( born last year) by the greyness of the lores (feathers between the beak and eye).


House Sparrow

The juvenile male Scaup that has spent the winter on the reservoir was still present, but I didn't have time to go across and look at it today. A singing Skylark was a year tick (my 100th of the year!) and the other usual suspects (Mallard, Tufties, Moorhen, Coot, Mute Swan, Black-headed Gull) were all present on the water. A small flock of Lesser Redpoll was feeding in the surrounding Alders.

Year List update:

100 - Skylark

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