Saturday, 16 November 2013

Woody and Creeper

Out ringing again this morning with the Sorby Breck Ringing Group. This week we were at our garden site in Sheffield, where we managed a very respectable 39 birds, including a stunning female Great-spotted Woodpecker, a beautiful Treecreeper and a charm of 5 Goldfinch.

The Great-spotted Woodpecker was my first of the year, and also the first that I've extracted from the nets. Thankfully, she (it was a female bird born this year) was quite gentle with me and only drew blood on one finger! Thanks for the help David.

Great-spotted Woodpecker
Here's a picture of the Treecreeper, what a stunning bird. You never get to see the white feathers on the front when they're creeping up a tree, and look at that beak. Amazing!


My ringing totals for today were (new/retraps):
Great Tit 2/1, Blue Tit 2/4, Goldfinch 2/0, Great-spotted Woodpecker 1/0, Blackbird 0/1 and Wren 1/0.

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