Friday, 22 April 2011

LAST WEEKENDS RINGING (16th & 17th april)

Last weekend was very good ringing wise with 19 birds of 8 different species trapped in total. Warblers are starting to pass through in bigger numbers now, and we had four different types in the nets. After the earlier influx of Chiffchaffs it seems they have now been replaced by Willow Warblers (above).
Blackcaps are also passing through in big numbers at the moment and it was nice to get both male (above) and female (below) on the same day.
But the best Warbler of the weekend was this stunning little Grasshopper Warbler (below) that was caught on the sunday. It was actually the first Gropper that John has ringed so he was particularly pleased with himself!
As can be seen in the picture below, the cabin is much more than just a ringing station, its a meeting place and social gathering point for many of the local birders. Its great to be the focal point for the lads and the banter makes the early starts a lot more fun and bearable!

A big big thank you to Steve and Dougie for the superb pictures above.

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