Last weekend I went ringing with Scouse Ringer and we got some great success; we had the first Blackcap of the year, and I got to ring it. This species of warbler takes an A size ring.
We found that this bird wasn't resident at this site, due to it having quite a bit of fat left (you can see these fat reserves in the picture below). We think it was just passing through and it would be great to know where it ends up for the Summer if another ringing group retrap it.
This Blackcap was a male bird, however my favorite bird experience of last week was a Goldfinch mainly because it was the first bird I held and ringed all by myself (unfortunately my dad didn't get a picture because he was talking to some one).
This Blackcap has to be one of my most handsome of the year so far. The colours are simple but still quite striking.
Two warblers in one day... The next warblers we had were 4 Chiffchaff. All four of these birds had sticky pollen above their beaks due to them feeding on it.
We also caught three Goldcrest last week, the smallest bird in Europe; A stunning male below.
I was really looking forward to catching some male Chaffinch today, mainly because there beaks were changing colour and they were starting to get that really nice oily black colour just above there beak.
We also caught one female Goldcrest that had quite a bad case of feather mites (a harmless type of parasite).
You can read all about Scouse Ringers version of the day here on his Wilde About Worms post!