7.4.14

Bunting Mad

On Saturday, my dad and I went ringing for the first time in about 6 weeks!Our aim was to ring a Reed bunting and Yellowhammer flock.

We arrived at the site about 5:45am, and put out 3, 40ft nets in front of some hedgerows, and baited the wild flower meadow with wheat. Also nearby was the river Wreake, and a small tributary was not far by, so I had about 4 go's of trying to catch a Moorhen, all of them failed LOL.

Within 2 rounds we had caught 11 Yellowhammers, 6 Reed Buntings and 3 Tree Sparrows, it was quite slow at first but with the river nearby, we watched birds passing by the river, some of those species where; 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 13 Mute Swans, 2 Moorhens, 5 Canada Geese, 2 Cormorants and a Green Woodpecker.

By the end of the session we had ringed around 45 birds, which isn't too big neither too small, so we were able to enjoy the birds more the totals were 20 Yellowhammer, 6 Tree Sparrow, 9 Reed Buntings, 1 Goldfinch and 2 Chaffinch.

Tree Sparrow

Yellowhammer