First Redwings of the season

Monday, October 19th 2009

The first two Redwings of the season were caught and ringed at Foxglove today.


Other species included Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, Willow Tit, Reed Bunting, Goldcrest and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Over 200 birds were caught in total.

Among the birds retrapped today were a 7 year old female Blue Tit first ringed in 2002 and an eight year old female Chaffinch first ringed in 2001. The Blue Tit had been caught 18 times at Foxglove and the Chaffinch only six times! Quite amazing as neither weighs more than 20 grams!

The Redwing in the picture is a first year bird hatched only a few months ago.

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