Bird Ringing

Sunday, April 14th 2019

The wind was set to increase by lunch time so the bird ringers made the most of the calm but very cold morning.  Net rounds were carried out regularly and birds returned to the ringing room.  It almost seems to be the norm that we are continuing to catch new Bramblings as they head north.  We will miss them when the migration is over.

Brambling

A second Redpoll within a week ringed elsewhere and caught at Foxglove was processed.  Data collected from this bird will be sent to the BTO and information as to where and when it was ringed will be returned to us in due course.

Only one Great Spotted Woodpecker was retrapped today and when its details were entered into IPMR (the data handling programme) it was found to be at least eight years old.

A well camouflaged Snipe was wading along the pool edge on the wetland.  Oyster Catchers, Greylag Geese, Moorhen and Mallard were also in evidence.  Lapwings were flying over the wetland, sometimes chasing off the Rooks and Jackdaws.

Lapwing

A Barn Owl was observed sitting in a tree.

Barn Owl

As always on a ringing day, it was a team effort.  The birds ringed today brought the total of new birds ringed at Foxglove to over 63,000 and the total of birds processed by the group altogether to almost 234,000.  Chaffinches remain the most common bird ringed with Blue Tits finally knocking Greenfinches into 3rd place and Willow Warblers, despite being here for such a short period each year, now in 4th place.  Thanks to John for the photographs on today's blog and many thanks to everyone who helped.


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