After ringing at our CES site was called off due to an ever-worsening weather forecast, my trainer invited my mum and I round for a few hours ringing in his garden. Our targets for the afternoon were larger birds such as Ring-necked Parakeets, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Magpie and Stock Dove. In order to try and catch some of these bigger species, we set the nets a lot higher than usual to try and catch them when they flew away from the feeding station.
Despite waiting a good couple of hours, we only caught one of our target species, a Magpie, but we did catch a couple of other birds including a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker and a juvenile Great Tit.
|Magpie (Pica pica)|
The totals of the afternoons efforts are as follows (re-traps are in brackets):
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Great Tit 1
Blue Tit (1)
So that's a total of 6 new birds and 1 re-trap.