Monday, 11 March 2013

Triple Figures

Sundays for me are great as I get to go ringing. I am ringing nearly every weekend and learning so much. It was a very early start to the day yesterday when some of you were still fast asleep.

The first net round brought us some Lesser Redpoll, Brambling, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Long Tailed Tit.  I was really pleased with the second net round as we got a female Great Spotted Woodpecker.

I was lucky enough to ring this bird... 

 This bird was just as loud as the one at the bird fair at Martin Mere.

 Phew, I did double check that all my fingers were still there after I let it go

Next bird up, a Geenfinch, probably one of my favourites because they don't wriggle about and peck you as much as all the other birds.

Here we are comparing two Greenfinches, adult on the left juvenile on the right.

They are really easy birds to handle.

 These Brambling are starting to get there beautiful black heads back, a cracking male below.

My first ever female Bullfinch in my hand yesterday, brilliant birds, just look at the powerful seed cracking beak.

Almost as beautiful as the male Brambling, Lesser Redpolls were coming out of the net every few seconds.

 One of the first ever species of bird I ringed, this wonderful Willow Tit was caught at feeding station Two. 

A great bird to end the day..

In the end we caught 15 species of bird, 51 ringed, 63 re-traps a hundred plus birds all together.

Thank you once again Peter, I have had a brilliant ringing day.


  1. Findlay, it's such a treat to see all these beauties. Thanks for sharing your unique and fascinating experience.

  2. You are so lucky in getting to handle these birds ,well done.


  3. Such a privilege to see them so closely Findlay. At this rate you will know more about birds than all the rest of us put together ;-)

  4. Another wonderful day of ringing for you Findlay... I loved seeing holding the woodpecker. Great images of all of the birds.

  5. HI Findlay....Great post once again!! So enjoy your smile as you hold each bird, and your checking you finger made me laugh!!
    That Bullfinch is a lovely bird, and a powerful looking beak for sure!!
    I have the common Redpoll here, they look very much like the Lesser!!

  6. Great photos of beautiful birds.

  7. How fabulous is that selection of birds that you are ringing, Findlay!! This is a brilliant way for you to learn, in great detail, about birds that many of the rest of us just get to see flitting about at a distance. I can see from the expression on your face that every one of these moments is magical to you. Well done you!!!

  8. Love the woodie and the Brambling and Bullfinch are pretty birds. Great shots, what a fun time you had!

  9. Great photos, importent work!

  10. I enjoyed your post and photos! That woodpecker is a special bird!

  11. Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  12. A great selection of birds there Findlay.
    Must have been a real treat to handle that Woodpecker.

  13. Wow! A bird handler as well as photographer! Such interesting shots!

  14. Great post - woodpecker in the hand - red-letter day!

    I dont get back to the UK very often - 24 hours in a plane and $2000 less in the bank make sure of that. I did manage to score my company some work in the UK over the next couple of weeks - but they want all the meeting done by web/ video link!! So, not trip on company money!

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

    Stewart M - Melbourne