Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ringing at Beeston

We we were on track to get the 2,000th bird ever to be ringed at Beeston today, and so we did. And at least it wasn't a Dunnock or Blue Tit (though they're nice in their own ways, we catch them all the time). It was a handsome male Goldfinch.

Goldfinch
Male Goldfinch - the 2,000th bird to be ringed at Beeston
We also caught a handful of Siskins, which we don't normally... The first bird of the day was an adult male which was laden with fat (fuel for migration) and weighed in excess of 16g. The other Siskins we trapped were more around the 13g mark. Quite a big difference for a small bird.

Siskin
First bird of the morning - an adult male Siskin

Goldcrest
Smallest, lightest bird of the day - a male Goldcrest, which tipped the scales at less than 5g!

Reed Bunting
Male Reed Bunting caught in the garden

Mistletoe
Mistletoe - untouched by birds!

photos taken with Canon EOS 30D, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM