Sunday, 29 March 2009

End of a busy week!

A total of 31 birds caught this week, 30 new and 1 retrap.

This includes (Garden) - 10 new Starling (See earlier post), 1 Wood pigeon, 2 Goldfinch and 1 Greenfinch.

Then a fly in visit to Lake Windermere on Saturday, catching 17 birds - 16 new and 1 retrap. After sweeping up all the unringed Mute swan (7) our attention was turned to the tame Black Headed gulls (Unusually tame for this time of the year!!) resulting in 5 birds being caught by hand. This allowed us close up views of these birds in their stunning breeding plumage. Several Jackdaw were also showing an interest in the food provided, not as tame as the Black Headed gulls but one sneaky Jackdaw came close allowing one sneaky ringer to grab it ;-)
Other birds caught and ringed include 3 Mallard (1 retrap) and 1 Canada goose.

And finally, no matter what time of the year it is, Lake Windermere is a fantastic place to promote bird ringing. Being one of the most visited places in the Lake District, it allows us to demonstrate to the public how important ringing is and why we carry it out.

Thanks to - Emily Scragg, Craig Brookes, Chris Bridge and Ciaran Hatsall.

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