The last two times that we have visited this site, we have been run off our feet with birds. This time however, we had a lot less birds but we did get quite a few different species and time to examine each one carefully which was very nice!
There was a distinct lack of birds around when we arrived - this is probably because of the warm weather we've had recently. We put up a total of three nets around the property: one by the feeders at the front of the house, one in the woods, and one by the feeders in the back garden.
|Blue Tit aged 6 in good condition with a weight of 11.6g|
|The above Blue Tit with a bill deformity|
The birds trickled in throughout the session, the highlight was undoubtedly the male House Sparrow which was very cool to see in the hand.
|4M House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) portrait|
|4M House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)|
A close second was the 5M Goldcrest which was a lovely surprise and a nice addition to Ralph and Pat's garden list!
|5M Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)|
Once again, many thanks to Ralph and Pat for their exceedingly good hospitality, constant supply of hot drinks, amazing bacon rolls and lovely lunch to end a successful ringing session.
Our totals for the day are as follows: 33 (13)
Blue Tit - 17 (6)
Chaffinch - 0 (1)
Dunnock - 3 (2)
Goldcrest - 1
Goldfinch - 2
Great Tit - 4 (3)
House Sparrow - 1
Long-tailed Tit - 1