Monday, 28 December 2009

At long last!!

I've always wanted to catch and ring a Great Spotted Woodpecker and this morning I got to! Managed to catch the bird along with Bullfinch Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit and Great Tit at Shakerley this morning.

Interestingly I caught a 9 year old Great Tit that Wes Halton had ringed near the site in 2001!


  1. I see your Great Spot was a male Kane, and I generally find that they are quite docile. It's the female Great Spots that call a lot and knock chunks of flesh from your hand! Whether that has anything to do with them being female I'm not sure! Read into that what you will! Cracking birds though.

  2. ha ha! Cheers Seumus! That's the reason why it was calm then - I was expecting it to be drilling holes in my hand! Really smart birds!