A ringing session at Kelmarsh Hall this morning resulted in 60+ captures of woodland birds which included a male Blackcap, a Nuthatch and both Marsh and Willow Tits. Some images from Neil H below. Other birds seen included Raven, a Kingfisher, several Siskins and a couple of redpoll sp.
At Blueberry Farm this morning there were 4 Bramblings, a few Siskins and 2 Lesser Redpolls.
At Boddington Res this afternoon the maestro Gary Pullan skilfully located the adult Bonaparte's Gull in the gull roost. The bird was present until dusk and showed well if distantly. Some images below...
Willow Tit (left) and Marsh Tit (right)
The Willow Tit is an adult and the Marsh
Tit was considered a young bird of the year.
Visual features of the Willow Tit include pale-edged
secondaries, creamy and prominent cheeks, mostly
dark bill, diffuse and extended chin spot and variation
in the individual tail lengths. At this time of
the year the crown is often quite glossy.
The Marsh Tit has a more uniform upperside, whiter and
less prominent cheeks, a smaller and more
intense chin spot, a small silver 'triangle'
at the base of the upper mandible and more evenly
lengthened tail feathers. The crown is glossy.
Coal Tit with abnormal growth
Bonaparte's Gull (smaller bird below
centre of image)