Monday, 2 December 2013

December Ringing

Sunday's ringing outing was the first of December, and saw me reach the 500 mark for birds that I've "processed" i.e. ringed or retrapped, in 2013. Yesterday's trip with Sorby Breck, took us up to a private garden site in Chesterfield, where we had a very busy morning, with 50+ birds caught.

The majority of birds today were tits (Blue, Great, Willow and Coal). One of the Coal Tits was leusistic, i.e. it had lost pigment in its feathers and showed more white than usual. The owners of the house said that they had seen the bird visiting their feeders before, but this was the first time we'd caught it.

Leusistic Coal Tit
As well as the tits we also caught one Nuthatch, that I was lucky enough to ring, several Chaffinches, Dunnocks and Robins.
Tawny Owls, Mistle Thrush and Great-spotted Woodpeckers were also seen and heard today.

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