Sunday, 21 July 2013

Super Saturday

Yesterday, according to Peter was Super Saturday, because he had cut some new net rides and when I saw them I thought the day should be called Spectacular Super Saturday; it was an early start of course 3.30am and lots of effort put in and at the end of the ringing session it really was a Super Saturday! We were joined by James and  Pete, which was great as I had not seen James for a while. 

Warbler wise we caught quite a few Sedge Warblers in the reed bed net, and we also caught about 20 Blackcap a few Wrens, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Blackbirds, ChiffChaff and... 


...A Grasshopper Warbler! This was a juvenile so it didn't have the beautiful golden streaky underside of the adult.  I was extremely lucky to ring this bird and study it up close and learn about the difference between the the Tertial feathers between adults and juvenilles.


 Here is a back view of it to show it's Tertials, you can see how broad and new they look.


It wasn't just birds that we caught today, a newt was passing through where we had set up. I potted it for a few seconds to study it up close then I let it go into some long grass.


I won't be blogging this next week (apart from the week end) because I will be at my Grandma's (Red Starts have a second brood) I will be taking my moth trap so when I get back I will have a lot of news to share. See you then!!

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

18 comments:

  1. What a treat that was to be able to study the gropper, and the newt, up close Findlay?

    Have a good stay at your Grandma's this coming week and I'm looking forwards to seeing lots of stunning moth and Red Start images!...[;o)

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  2. some early days for you, but i know you love it!

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  3. Have a lovely holiday Findlay... I am looking forward to hearing all about it.

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  4. 20 Blackcaps and a Gropper - That is a really good day out Findlay.

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  5. A good Saturday in all. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  6. Grasshopper Warbler...that's a new one for me!!

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  7. What a great experience. I wosh I had been there!

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  8. Oh the grasshopper warbler is so sweet!

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  9. I like being up early with the birds! Love the photos and it is neat experience ringing the birds. Great shots, Findlay!

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  10. Wonderful experience and shots.

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  11. great outing and opportunity for you; enjoy that time away at your Grandmas

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  12. Now, there are not that many blogs where people get excited about fresh tertails! Nice one!

    Cheers and thanks for the link to WBW - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  13. You are having a great learning experience that many adults would envy. Well done and enjoy your stay with your grandma.
    Greetings from Australia.

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  14. It seems your Saturday was, indeed, Super! Wonderful post, pictures and information!
    Thank you for sharing your experiences!

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  15. Brilliant account! I got nice memories when i found this blog and its pictures. indeed, you have good knowledge and great sympathy for birds and moths.

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  16. you are learning so much I envy you. :) Have a great break.

    Do you know I have a meme for winged ones? You can share butterflies, dragonflies as well as birds. Everything with wings. :)
    http://nfmemes.blogspot.se/

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