Saturday, 21 April 2012

What a lovely pair...

The only word to describe this morning’s ringing session is probably dire! Light overnight winds with heavy rain just prior to dawn made me optimistic of a few birds being about but this wasn’t the case. Saw a total of 4 Willow Warbler and 1 Chiffchaff which were the only migrants to be seen at Clouds hill. Only one Willow Warbler made it into the net and another went in one side of the net and quickly came out the other! I’ve seen this neat little trick before and always leaves me wondering how they fit through the mesh!

The morning was rescued by two rather lovely Bullfinch. Clearly a pair as both were side by side in the net. They got ‘blinged up’, measured, weight taken and then released together to get on their merry way and make lots more lovely Bullfinches. The female had the start of a brood patch which is a sure sign that they’ll be breeding soon. Took this picture just before letting them both go together.


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