Monday, 10 January 2011

Bird ringing

Had a great day on Saturday, Stuart and Linda from Chelmarsh Bird Ringers came up on the Edge to do some ringing.
Mist nets were erected near to some feeders, birds then whilst arriving at, or departing the feeders fly into the nets as they can not see them. The nets are specially designed and cause no harm to the birds, every few minutes the birds that had been caught were carefully extracted from the net.
Nuthatch with ring clearly visible.



Birds were then weighed to find out what condition they were in, their wings were measured to find out if they were male or female and a ring was attached to their legs.
All data was recorded, the rings have a unique number and so allows their movements to be tracked, if they are caught again somewhere else the ringer will be able to find out where and when it was ringed. This helps us to understand their movements better.
Some of the birds caught on Saturday had been ringed here about 6 weeks ago and strangely many of the birds have put weight on since then. This came as a surprise considering the bad weather we have experienced.




Male Great Spotted Woodpecker
 A couple of the birds were previously ringed on Wenlock Edge before they had fledged from some of our nestboxes, its lovely to see proof that some of these birds have definately survived.


There were 55 birds ringed in total, species included;
Nuthatch,
Great Spotted Woodpecker,
Marsh Tit,
Great Tit,
Blue Tit,
Robin,
Blackbird.





When i get round to finishing the bird hide and feeding station, i hope that this activity will be done so that members of the public can see it, its great for adults as well as kids.
The bird hide may be completed in the next few weeks, watch this space!














Another Male Great Spotted Woodpecker
Marsh Tit

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