Sunday, 27 February 2011

Today's ringing

Chelmarsh bird ringers managed to carry out a successful bird ringing session this morning, there were occasional showers but in between these they were able to put out their nets and catch a few birds.
45 birds were caught, ringed, weighed and released, a few of which had been caught here previously. It was interesting to see the difference in the birds weight, most had lost some as this is a particularly difficult time for birds as most natural food has run out or at best is in short supply. It is important to keep feeders topped up at this time of year to help get the birds through this difficult period.
A couple of the birds caught had been ringed as 8 day old chicks in bird boxes on the Edge last Spring, its great to see that they have survived so far and decided to stay relatively close, hopefully these birds will breed here themselves in the coming months.
Long Tailed Tit

Species caught included, Long Tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Marsh Tit, Robin,
Coal Tit.

There were also plenty of Greenfinch about around the hide as well as Goldfinch and a few Siskin, unfortunately they evaded the nets this time!

Also seen/heard today, Sparrowhawk, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker.

A better view of the long tail

One of our own Great Tits from last years nest boxes

James demonstrating how the birds are ringed

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