Half Way

Sunday, June 25th 2017

CES 6 today, so only another six to go.  The weather was not the best but an early morning walk saw some red and pink in the sky, which the camera could not pick up.  Trying to trick the camera made for interesting viewing once the photo was on the main computer screen!   A lopsided lake!

Interesting photo of the lake!

I usually do not like the flash setting on the camera but I must admit it made for some different photos.  It looks like the middle of the night when this Foxglove was snapped.

The ringing room was busy and the total at the end of the day was 230 birds, the third highest for CES 6 in 25 years.  Included in the total were 16 new Bullfinches, 23 Willow Warblers and 14 Robins. 

When taking photographs of birds in the hand for the blog, the welfare of the birds is of the utmost importance. Every bird must look pristine, which is not always easy with youngsters with fluffy uncontrollable feathers.

This juvenile Robin is showing off its speckled breast beautifully but does have a few fluffy uncontrollable feathers. Later in the summer these speckled feathers will turn red.

Juvenile Robin

Treecreepers are delightful birds that hunt for insects in tree bark.  It is not often that you get close up to the fabulous feathering on their wings.

Treecreeper

When we arrived this morning the Tawny Owls were calling and later, one arrived in the ringing room.   It was an adult that had been ringed when the nest boxes were checked.  When released it flew off strongly.

Tawny Owl

There were Great Tit chicks ringed in the nest boxes and many of these have fledged, as 53 of them came through the ringing room.  It is good to see that they are doing well.

There was cloud, a little bit of drizzle and wind but when the sun came out so did the insects.  I chased this Red Admiral through some vegetation before it settled to feed on a Blackberry flower.

Red Admiral feeding on Blackberry

Damselflies like to use the bridge rails to rest and sunbath.  A Blue-tailed Damselfly sat quielty waiting for more sun.

Blue-tailed Damselfly

Thank you to everybody who helped today, raising nets, net rounds, ringing bids, taking down the nets, tidying up and not forgetting the many cups of tea made!


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