Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Spice Of Life

There were one or two tasks to complete on the Integrated Population Management and Reporting (IPMR) database at Will’s house near Garstang, so because last night’s forecast was so poor we arranged to sit down at the laptop this morning, always keeping one eye on the weather of course in case a net or two might be in order. As it turned out the morning was cloudy with rain threatening but the drops never arrived so we updated IPMR and fitted in a spot of ringing.

If there’s one thing guaranteed in Will’s garden it’s variety, which turned out very true this morning when we caught an assortment of 34 birds of 12 species:

There were 30 new birds as follows:
8 House Sparrow
1 Jackdaw
4 Greenfinch
9 Chaffinch
2 Great Tit
1 Woodpigeon
1 Nuthatch
1 Dunnock
1 Robin
1 Blue Tit
1 Jay

With 4 recaptures: 2 House Sparrow, 1 Swallow and 1 Chaffinch.

The young Jay proved as feisty as an adult – beware fingers.

Jay - Juvenile

Woodpigeons are a much underrated bird. How beautiful is this?


A young Robin yet to moult into a “Robin Redbreast”.

Robin - Juvenile

I must admit that a Jackdaw isn’t quite the prettiest bird.


The adult female Swallow was a recapture as it breeds in Will’s shed and regularly flies through the garden.


A juvenile Greenfinch still showing streaky underparts, but already a large male with a wing length of 90mm.

Greenfinch - Juvenile

A juvenile Nuthatch probably from the natural nest site in the garden where the young fledged in late May.

Nuthatch - Juvenile

We completed a very successful morning, a two in one as it were.

1 comment:

Mary Howell Cromer said...

The eyes have it for the Pigeon and the Swallow is absolutely gorgeous as are all images, always a pleasure to view~

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