During the week Phil and I cleared the net rides in the plantation at Moss House Farm ready for our first ringing session of the autumn. Autumn! Hang on a minute it's only 14th June, but yes it is autumn in the bird world!
After meeting at 3.45 a.m. we put 8 nets up with our bleary eyed trainee who hadn't been to bed, having spent all night with his girlfriend and straight to the ringing session. The youth of today! We managed to ring 24 birds including 11 Whitethroats, Garden Warbler, 2 Goldfinch, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Coal Tit and 3 Willow Warblers. We also retrapped 9 birds including 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Whitethroats and a Sedge Warbler.
Below are some pictures of some of the birds we caught.
Its back - The 22nd Med Gull of the morning was the only one on the north harbour wall side and sure enough the above tarsus metal ring indicated it was the returning...
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