I was up early today as I was lucky to be taking part in another ringing session - with the scouse ringer. I really can't tell you how very lucky I am to be able to do this sort of thing, not many children my age get to do this.
A cold and white start to the day brought some mega birds for me. The first net round probably gave us the most birds; the long net along the field brought us two Yellowhammer, a few Chaffinch and two Fieldfare.
I can't believe I was lucky enough to hold one of these stunning Fieldfares.
It doesn't get any better than this, I was allowed to ring a Fieldfare (with a size C ring). When I got home I was watching a few Fieldfare in the garden and thinking that I had actually had one in my hand.
As great as it is to hold them, it is also amazing to watch them fly free again....
Another stunning bird that turned up was the Yellowhammer...
I was lucky enough to hold one as well and I am getting more comfortable holding the birds now.
After I had ringed the bird, I kept hold of it for a while to study it closely.
It was the female that I ringed, however I still got to hold and study the males.
We caught quite a few Blackbirds in the nets today, so I got to handle a few of my favorite birds.
This particular blackbird had been feeding well and was rather fat and you could see the fat layer under its feathers. It was weighed also to compare with other birds.
Even though it was another perfect ringing session, I went down a path I have never been down before and it was really muddy; so when I lifted my leg up to take another step I hadn't noticed my welly had come off, and when I finally noticed my sock was a meter down in mud!
Another brilliant weekend.