Anyway, after a very chilly 40 mile ride on the motorbike to my trainer's house, I arrived for 8 as planned and a few birds were already netted, always a good sign. I was a bit rusty to begin with and the memory needed a big boost in remembering moults and ages (tea, cake & a roaring fire do help the old grey matter thaw out however!) but I soon got back into it and a great session all in all. I ringed 50 birds in total, 10 species including Blackbird, Long-tailed Tit, Greenfinch, Blue Tit, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, Robin and Bullfinch; a fantastic selection. We also caught 3 retrap birds, one of which was a control Goldfinch which was a bonus!
A few pics from the session:
|Adult Male Lesser Redpoll|