|Juvenile (3JJ) Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)|
|The track down to our ringing base|
|Adult (4) Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)|
|Labyrinth spider's funnel shaped-web|
|Dog-rose (Rosa canina)|
This afternoon I went out with some nesters and ringers to do some pulli ringing. The two guys I went out with are both really knowledgable about nest finding and I'm very lucky to live in an area where there are some really, really cool species to ring as well.
Today we colour ringed two more broods of Woodlark (4 and 3 young in the two broods) as well as metal ringing a brood of 5 Stonechat, a brood of 4 Tree Pipits and much to my excitement I also got to ring 2 broods of Nightjar (each brood had 2 nestlings)!!
Although it is a real privilege to handle and ring all species of bird, I was particularly excited about the prospect of ringing Nightjar chicks because not only are they an extremely secretive species, but they are also my favourite UK species of bird!!
It was an awesome afternoon/evening and feel extremely lucky to have had this opportunity so if you're reading this, thank you very much guys for continuing to invite me and allow me to gain this incredible experience, it is very much appreciated!!!
All ringing was done under the appropriate licenses and carried out in accordance with BTO guidelines.
Here are some photos of the Nightjars (adult and pulli):
|Adult Nightjar keeping watch while we ringed the chicks.|
|Adult Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)|
|Juvenile Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)|
|Juvenile Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) close up|
|So well camouflaged!!|
|Adult male Nightjar sat on two nestlings - you can just |
about see a young one's head beneath the adult
|Juvenile Nightjars (Caprimulgus europaeus)|
|I don't like having pictures taken of myself, but I couldn't |
stop grinning after ringing the Nightjars!