Saturday, January 22, 2005

Ringing: Ferry Meadows

We paid a slightly out-of-season visit to Ferry Meadows today for a spot of winter ringing. Chris and I were joined for the first time by a new recruit, Daniel Piec. And look what we caught! A Woodcock!

As Alan Partridge would say: "Back of the net!"

Somehow I ended up ringing it, which was a ringing tick. I only keep this list for training purposes, honest. It's virtually compulsory.

We had some other nice birds including Treecreeper (below), male Bullfinch, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit and lots of Blue Tits and Wrens.

Note the contrast between the Treecreeper's snowy-white underparts and the grubby mitts of the ringer in charge.

Our Long-tailed Tit tape-lure did not entice many birds, but it did succeed in attracting the attention of Ferry Meadows regulars, Don Gardener and Matt Webb, who went off in search of what must have sounded like the world's noisiest, largest tit flock. Sorry, lads...

photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995

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