November bird ringingRSS feed

Posted: Monday 14 November, 2011

by Rosemary at 8:46am in Wildlife 2 comments Comments closed

Peter, from the British Trust for Ornithology (and Barry Mill), was here yesterday doing the last bird ringing of the year. Our sparrow breeding programme has obviously been successful laugh as he had to release some birds without recording, because he ran out of bags.

Yesterday's tally was 59 new birds and 7 retrapped ones. Of the 59 new birds, 40 were house sparrows, 7 Great Tits, 3 Blackbirds, 3 Blue Tits, 3 Coal Tits, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock and, the highlight, a juvenile male Great Spotted Woodpecker. What a handsome chap he was.

Great Spotted WoodpeckerGreat spotted woodpecker being ringed by Peter

Of the seven retrapped birds, four had been trapped here at Dalmore earlier in the year (a Blue Tit and three House Sparrows), while a Coal Tit, a Longtailed Tit and a Robin, that had all been previously trapped on the golf course made up the balance. All were trapped this year apart from the Coal Tit, which was trapped in July 2009.


Linda penney

Thursday 17 November, 2011 at 2:00pm

lovely to think how much your doing to help the wild life and to be able to help with ringing must be awsome i feed the birds with feeders and a bird table and have some nest boxes but know one comes to ring the birds i just have to count from seeing them on the bird feeders

from Linda


Thursday 17 November, 2011 at 2:09pm

It's great to see Peter at work here Linda. There's a lot of skill involved in releasing the birds safely from the nets, and in handling them. He caught a Long Tailed Tit that had been previously ringed - I hadn't seen one before and it was also stunning.

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