Sunday, 20 November 2011

5 weeks to Christmas - no-one's told the Dragonflies

Another ringing trip to Marston Vale Millennium Country Park on Saturday afternoon, 19th November. First thing I saw were a couple of Dragonflies. Don't they know Christmas is just one month away? It was a beautiful, calm, afternoon, with the temperature dropping and fog appearing at dusk.

A very successful ringing session:

  • Wren 2 (+ 1 retrap, ringed in October 2011)

  • Long-tailed Tit 7

  • Blue Tit 11

  • Great Tit 2

  • Cetti's Warbler 1

  • Reed Bunting 9

  • Blackbird 1

  • Total 33 (+ 1 retrap)

The black head covering of male Reed Buntings is beginning to emerge, as the brown tips to the feathers wear away. Thank to Neil Wright for the photos below, with a male (top and centre) and a female (below).

A Sparrowhawk flew over and about 20 Lapwings. Yet again no Geese at all. Thank you to Neil for helping.

On Sunday 20th November, David and I ringed at Bedfordshire Golf Club, Stagsden. It was a foggy, damp, morning and the sun didn't break through into about midday. A bacon bap from the Halfway House was very welcome! Totals ringed were:

  • Robin (+1 retrap, ringed in December 2010)

  • Goldfinch 1

  • Nuthatch 1 (pictured right with David and also below)

  • Great Tit 1 (+ retrap, ringed in October 2010)

  • Total 3 (+ 2 retraps)

We saw one or more Great Spotted Woodpeckers and several Treecreeepers. A flock of at least 10 Long-tailed Tits came through the wood.

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