Friday, 6 January 2017

Scotland Wood ringing


A rather cold start this morning but a small band of us committed to some bird ringing on the Kelmarsh Estate today, concentrating our efforts in Scotland Wood.

Good numbers of small birds were present in this mixed woodland, their numbers supported with the provision of feedstuffs. In total 137 birds were caught and processed (111 new and 26 re-traps) totalling 14 species made up of 7 Blackbirds, 3 Goldcrests, 8 Long-tailed Tits, a Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatches, 3 Dunnocks, 29 Great Tits, 3 Marsh Tits, a Willow Tit, 5 Robins, 38 Blue Tits, 27 Coal Tits, 9 Chaffinches and a first year female Sparrowhawk. Several Siskins were also present in the wood.


Neil M

Female Sparrowhawk. This fine
raptor is a first year bird hatched
in 2016. The underside has yet to
develop the barring of an adult and the
chestnut fringing to the upperside and pale
 edges to the coverts is typical of this age.

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