First frosty morning of the year ! Decided to see what was tracking up & down the river at home. Was great morning catching up with old friends ! First bird in the net was male kingfisher I ringed back in 2011 still going strong & doing well after another breeding season on the river . Next in the net was a nice grey wagtail which are always great to catch ,one we caught previously was caught following year in Norway ! Then finished off with 4 dippers one of which I colour ringed in a nest back in the spring about 4 miles away ,so was good to see him doing well & flourishing into adult hood. Last one was also old bird from 2011 so was great morning all in all seeing some birds making the grade & doing well despite what nature has to throw at them !
Early morning ringing session on the Devon coast this morning ! Not as much lurking about in the bushes as I would have hoped after night of rain showers ! I did catch & ring 15 Blackcaps & 4 chiffchaffs though so a good morning in all . One of the Blackcaps was a Leucistic colouring which was interesting to see ,first one I have caught like this . Made sexing impossible though as it is usually black caps for boys & brown for girls ! Like to think it was a girl trying a new look for the winter sun in the Mediterranean !
Had to maximise the day yesterday as there was absolutely zero wind ! Great for mist netting & birds all moving about . Still huge numbers of Blackcaps & chiffchaffs moving through this autumn & they were the lions share of birds caught . Highlight of the day was catching a nice adult female water rail in one of my spring traps & as I was getting it out I had nice 2nd year male sparrowhawk hit the net next to me ! Like buses they all come at once so had my hands full as sparrowhawks have great knack of getting out of nets so grabbed him quick with water rail still in my other hand ! Finished with wagtail roost at end of day & great days ringing all in all ! Final tally was .. 11blackcaps, 9 chiffs,1 goldcrest, 3 blackbirds , 3 blue tits,1 robin, 9 dunnocks,1 sparrowhawk,1 water rail, 1 house sparrow ,6 goldfinch, 1 reed bunting, 1 reed warbler, 14 pied wags , 1 white wag ,5 swallows . Not too shabby a day !!!
Ok so here's my new website still some stuff to work out but think its mostly here ! This is my new blog so will keep updating as often as I can . Kicking it off with the gorgeous wryneck I caught the other day what a great first image for a blog ! Please feel free to browse the new sit & any comments welcomed !