Monday, 4 July 2011

An awesome morning ringing on Sunday. By the end of the session we had ringed 88 new birds are re-trapped 40 including a 48 bird net-round that used nearly all our bird bags! Mainly young birds (probably 85%) with dunnock, blue tit and blackcap making up the numbers. A net across one of the barns on site produced 14 swallow including 2 re-traps from 2010 and 2009 and a couple of fledged youngsters. Ringing in the garden has been very quiet with only 4 birds caught in about 8 hours of trapping over the weekend, however, a fly-over turtle dove (garden tick 92) on Saturday afternoon made up for it

Finally got round to sorting out some more pictures out.

Male western tanager - imagine what Big Garden BirdWatch could be like with these on your feeders!!

Stellers jay - cool birds

Ferruginous hawk checking out a prariedog town

Caspian tern

Male chestnut-sided warbler. Only the 3rd to be rung at the Chatfield State Park ringing site, operated by the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, and the 2nd this year. It certainly makes ringing exciting when you have yellow warblers, Swainson's thrushes, yellow breasted chat and an array of flycatchers to handle!!

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