A Splendid Autumn Day

Saturday, October 10th 2015

The bird ringers arrived at Foxglove this morning to patchy mist but this soon dispersed and the sun shone, highlighting the autumn colours.  Spindle leaves and fruits are red and pink.

Spindle

Ash leaves are turning yellow.

Ash

And conditions were just right again, to marvel at the engineering of spiders!

Spider web

During the day 61 new birds were ringed, including Robin, Dunnock, Bullfinch, Blackbird, Nuthatch and Goldcrest.  A special visitor arrived in the ringing room - our record breaking, geriatric Marsh Tit now well over 10 years old!.  It was first ringed on 10th July 2004 and has been caught many times between then and now.  Fantastic that this little bird has survived so long and is looking in such good condition.

Marsh Tit

Each autumn large flocks of Lesser Redpolls visit Foxglove and many remain in the area over winter.  They feed in groups and can often be seen flitting through the Larch trees.  As the nets were taken down several were brought in to be ringed..  

Lesser Redpoll

Thank you to the ringers and volunteers who worked hard to ensure that the day was successful. 


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