Monday, 8 April 2013

Ringing demo -7th April 2013

Yesterday morning 8 members of the group met up at Shire Brook Valley in Sheffield to run a ringing demomstration for the Sheffield RSPB Group. We arrived at 6.15am and, over the next 4 hours, we managed to ring 53 birds of 9 species (Chiffchaff, Dunnock, Robin, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed Tit).

The Chiffchaff was only my second of the year. I didn't manage to ring it as I was busy with another bird, but I did get a photo, Hopefully we should manage to catch a few more over the next months, so I'll be able to ring one then. A few more were heard "chiff-chaffing" away throughout the morning.

The last birds of the morning were a flock of 7 Long-tailed Tits. Although this was lovely for the group to see, it is a little worrying, as they should normally be split up into breeding pairs by now. Presumably the continuing cold weather has put breeding on the back foot for a while.

Long-tailed Tit

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