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A Wet Friday

Friday, August 14th 2015

Friday was a very wet day at Foxglove. It was a good day for catching up on office work, but it was not a good day for taking photographs on the reserve. Instead, here are a few of the more striking birds from our CES (Constant Effort Site) ringing day on Wednesday.

It is unusual to catch Sparrowhawks in mist nets as the larger females almost always bounce out of the net without getting caught. This was a particularly nice find and is a young first year male that will be only weeks out of the egg!

We also caught a Wood Warbler in one of the nets. This little warbler has a distinctly rich green back with a bright white belly. It has become increasingly scarce and this was the first one ever to have been caught at Foxglove.

During the day, one of the visitors brought us a photograph of a Kingfisher sitting on the “snakes head” wooden post down by the Lake Hide. This was installed specifically as a Kingfisher perch, but few people have actually seen it being used.

Bird ringing days at Foxglove are a good chance for visitors to see some of these striking birds close up and learn a bit more about them and the other birds they commonly see in their own gardens.  


(1) Comments:

phil littler responded on 17th Aug 2015 with...

Please pass on my regards to Tony Crease - keep up the good work and hope to come up next year


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