Meet The Birds!

Tuesday, August 16th 2011

The third August Antics session was all about bird ringing. The photo below shows everyone on a net round learning how the bird ringers carefully extract the small birds from the mist net.

Mist netting lesson 1

Once the children had seen how the birds are aged, sexed, measured and weighed they had the opportunity to release them back into the wild. This proved to be very popular and Tom soon had a rota in place!

How to release the birds

 This Willow Warbler was quite happy to sit for a while before flying away and it will not be long before it heads off on its long arduous journey across the Sahara to southern Africa.

Bye Bye Mr Willow Warbler!

Before departing, many of the Foxglove birds will be feeding on the plentiful insects and berries that the reserve has to offer.

Rowan Berries

Thank you to Tom, John, Liz and Elizabeth for all your help today, to the families who took part in this fun activity and the 41 birds of 11 species that were on show! The next fun activity is 'Nature Detectives', please see the events section for details.

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