7 Mar 2017

First ringing in new garden

For the first time since we bought our new place last September I've had an opportunity to spend an hour or so ringing. I haven't quite worked out the best places to put mist nets but decided to put 2 x 18ft nets in the back garden. Within 1 hr I'd ringed 14 birds including 6 Goldfinches, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Great Tits and 2 Blue Tits!

The Goldcrests are probably resident as they've been around since we bought the house last September and we have a good number of evergreens in the garden - both male and female were caught in the same mist net at the same time.

Interestingly all but one of the Goldfinches were 2nd calendar year birds and were easy to age because of their retained juvenile greater coverts. The bird below had only one retained greater covert whereas others had two or even three.

It was a pleasant change to be doing some ringing but it looks like I'm going to have to do a bit of planning about wheres best to site the nets.

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