Monday, 9 November 2009

Colyford Common Ringing

Had an enjoyable day ringing with the AERG (Axe Estuary Ringing Group) today, a fine way to spend a day off.

We put most the nets up in the small crop field at the north end of the Colyford reserve, by 2pm we had caught 72 birds...

Look, lots of birds!

The most numerous species was Long-tailed Tit, with 18 trapped and ringed...

Sooooo cute!

Next numerous was Reed Bunting with 18. During the last ringing session here (a little more than a week ago) 22 of these were ringed. Amazingly all of the 18 netted today were un-ringed; that's an impressive turn over!

A male; they are all so smart in the hand

The Cetti's Warbler was nice, and it is surprising how many of these we have caught since ringing on the marshes...

It was certainly the 'most photographed bird of the day'

It wasn't the only warbler caught today though, we also had two Chiffchaffs...

Both were nice green/yellow ones

We caught quite a few of these too...

I'm sure at least some of these have flown a long way to get here

And to finish the photos off, there was one of these...

Not the most pristine Goldfinch I've ever seen mind!

Birds seen of note here whilst ringing included two or three Green Sands, two Water Pipits, six Rock Pipits and a few Redwings and Fieldfares.

I've also seen the two Whooper Swans again today and a female-type Black Redstart on Trevelyan Road.

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