Monday, 29 December 2008

Blackbird Bonanza, 28th December 2008

This morning I was ringing at a site near Lancaster where fellow member of Fylde Ringing Group Will has been operating a feeding station over the past two winters. The site holds good numbers of Blackbirds and as well as feeding there the habitat also looks good for a roost. We managed to ring 17 Blackbirds and retrap 7. The range in weights and wing lengths of the Blackbirds was incredible from a minimum of 96g to a maximum of 121g weight and a minimum 122mm to a maximum 140mm wing length. We also caught a good variety of woodland species but of interest were 2 Nuthatch and I have included a picture of one below.

Birding is fairly difficult at the site as in places it is quite enclosed but 2 Bullfinch were good.

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