Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Titchfield Haven, Bird Ringing Update - 23rd October 2012

Bird ringing at The Haven was very quiet today, with a total of 22 birds ringed, the commonest species being European robin, with five new birds ringed. This is typical of this time of year, as continental birds cross the North Sea to winter in the United Kingdom, in fact regular readers of this blog may remember a previous post, The fruits of our Labour - August 2012, where we received a recovery of a robin that was ringed at The Haven in October 2010, and retrapped in Germany in October 2011...maybe one of today's will head the same way.

European Robin (B. S. Duffin)

We also caught our fifth Bullfinch of the year, this bird being a juvenile male. As I have previously described, young bullfinches are quite straightforward to age since they usually retain some of their outer greater coverts, as can be clearly seen with the bird below (indicated by the arrow).

Juvenile Male Bullfinch (B. S. Duffin)

Other species ringed included two more goldcrests, three chiffs, three wrens, a song thrush, blue and great tits, and our first lesser redpoll of the year. We have heard the occasional redpoll pass over the ringing area this autumn, but this is the first to have been low enough to  be captured.

Lesser Redpoll (B. S. Duffin)
This is the 28th lesser redpoll to have been ringed at The Haven, 12 of those have been ringed in the last four years.

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