Ringing at Belflask

Sunday, February 3rd 2019

It has been a sunny and cold snowy day, and a small team of ringers assembled at Belflask for a morning of ringing. It was a successful session with over fifty birds caught, from many new Blackbirds, to Blue Tits and Coal Tits, one Song Thrush and a good number of Reed Buntings.

One of the first birds in the net was this handsome male Reed Bunting, with striking plumage which will become more defined in the breeding season.

Next up was his female companion!

Among those ringed included a juvenile female Siskin, with a pale head compared to the dark head of a male, and beautiful yellow colours throughout the feathers. 

To add to the species list for the day, two new birds landed in the nets towards the end of the morning, including a Song Thrush, and this rather photogenic Nuthatch.


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