Tuesday, March 15, 2016

No Time For Sitting

These starts are getting earlier now that spring is here. Today was a 0530 wake-up for a meet up at Oakenclough with Andy at O630. We were joined today by Bryan who was also hoping our run of luck would continue by catching more Siskins and Lesser Redpolls. 

As it turned out there wasn’t much time to relax and by midday we were more than pleased with our total catch of 38 birds which included a good number of the aforementioned two species: 11 Lesser Redpoll, 10 Siskin, 7 Goldfinch, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Robin, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Coal Tit and 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker. 

Ringer's lounge

Of the eleven Lesser Redpolls two, a male and a female, Z312630 and Z312632 were recaptures from 23 April 2015. The almost consecutive ring numbers could mean the two may have stayed together in the intervening period. It is also interesting that neither has been recaptured between April 2015 and today and may have been returning “home”. 

Lesser Redpolls

Lesser Redpoll

Lesser Redpoll

For comparison, below are adult Siskins of each sex and don’t need labels to show which is which. 

 Siskin

Siskin

After a temporary blip last week Goldfinches returned in smlll numbers today.
  
Goldfinch

Great-spotted Woodpeckers are pretty common here but rarely come to our bird feeders, especially since we don’t employ peanuts but stick to Niger and mixed seed. 

Great-spotted Woodpecker - second year male

Great-spotted Woodpecker

Birding between ringing produced migrants in the shape and sounds of Siskins and Lesser Redpolls overhead. Also 2, Grey Wagtails which fed briefly. 

Otherwise, local birds included 4 Mistle Thrush, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk and 4 Pied Wagtail. An unexpected sighting proved to be three Snipe which rose from a still boggy area of the plantation as we walked towards the nets.

Linking today to Stewart's World Bird Wednesday.



9 comments:

Adam Jones said...

Good to see so many Redpolls and Siskins in the nets. Nice to see that a couple may have stayed together too.

Margaret Adamson said...

Lovely tosee the birds close up in hand Phil

David Gascoigne said...

A great morning's banding. More to come!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

That spotted woodpecker is GORGEOUS!!
Y'all found a great number of different birds.

I love the Ringers' Lounge...but, where is the cooler of BEER?

Breathtaking said...

Lovely images of all the birds. I guess I'm lucky to see the Great Spotted Woodpecker at our feeders, and I don't feed them peanuts either.

Stuart Price said...

Hope your chair was the comfortable looking green one Phil.........

Lowcarb team member said...

Now those chairs remind me when I'm fishing with Eddie ... his would be the green one!!! I have a blue one, it should perhaps be pink, as pink is my favourite colour! But I digress ...

Lovely images of the birds, so lovely to see all their different colourings.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

All the best Jan

Marie C said...

Great banding day! I love the shot of the two Redpolls, male & female.

David Gascoigne said...

Looks to me like those two chairs are far too opulent and comfortable for bird bander. We have to make do with the hard surface of a wooden picnic table - with no back. Ah, the dedication on this side of the ocean......

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