Thursday, 24 September 2015

Weekend Ringing

I was out at the weekend ringing with 4 other members of the Sorby Breck Ringing Group, at the private site in Wingerworth, Chesterfield. Conditions were perfect, and over 4 hours we managed to catch 87 birds of 11 species (Blue, Coal and Great Tit, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Robin, Goldcrest, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Siskin).

As always, the majority of the species caught were the Blue and Great Tits, but the new Great-spotted Woodpecker, and  a couple of Siskins and Goldcrests, were good to see. One of the Blue Tits we caught had an overgrown upper mandible.

Blue Tit

The bird was aged as a 3, i.e. born this year, so it will be interesting to see how it copes with this over grown beak as the year goes on.

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