BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! yesterday I had a really early start (4:15am to be exact). As the mornings get lighter Ringing gets earlier and earlier, which means I have to have some really early bedtimes.
As soon as all my gear was ready, I was off in the car all the way to one of our ringing sites (but dad does make me breakfast for on the way to keep me going). We arrived just before Scouse Ringer Peter did and were looking for the Barn Owl that we see sometimes.
When we had put the nets up, we were eager to go and check them to see whether or not the big flock/mixture of birds had stuck around from the week before. As we started the net round things were looking good with 12 birds from station 1, and 12 from station 2.
We arrived back at where we had set up the equipment, we caught several Brambling, as well as the Snowling that we caught last week.
I asked if there had been any Tree Sparrows ringed at this site, however Peter said that there hadn't and if there were any there, they would have discovered them by now; but guess what, yesterday two turned up.
And I got to ring the first Tree Sparrow ever rung at this site. (Peter got too ring the second one). Just look at that lovely milk chocolatey head.
There were no Blackcap yet, but it is a little early, so I am looking forward to seeing them maybe next time! However the Tree Sparrows more than made my day.
Some other great birds ringed today were this lovely Song Thrush.
A stunning male Yellow Hammer.
Just look how bright the head feathers are.
A regular favourite now, the tiny Goldcrest.
And a very handsome Dunnock.
We ringed an amazing 19 Brambling in this session.