Blog #12 – Second Ringing Session


On my previous ringing session blog #10 I was helping to catch Jack Snipe to be ringed, ever since I have been emailing Iain Livingston to check when he would be going ringing. He said on Saturday that he would be ringing at Strathclyde and I was welcome to come and help!

 

It was an early start to be up at 6:00am and leaving the house at 6:30 to be there nice and early to set up the mist nets. Mist nets are nets which are setup from near ground level to quite high up and then passerine Birds like Tits, Finches, Sparrows, Wrens, Robins and most other small birds fly into them and get trapped without any injury!  Then every 10-15 mins they get checked and the birds are taken out and ringed.  When they have been ringed and a few measurements are taken, they are released again. The rings, which fit onto the birds legs, are small and do not harm the bird. They are simply to gain information on birds, for example if one was photographed or recaptured in a country again, then it would be looked up in the database and the information can be added which helps with recording its lifespan, where it travels, the size they grow to etc.

 

There were four of us in total, Iain, Liam, my dad and me. Whilst we were walking to the ringing site location, in the river we saw an otter swimming around which was a great spot from Iain and so satisfying. When we got to the site Iain and Liam set up the nets whilst we learned. We all went round every 10-15 mins to check the nets to ring the captured birds which were all released again without harm.

Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler

 

Throughout the time there we caught around 10 different species including; Treecreeper, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Wren, Reed Bunting and Dunnock.

 

Garden Warbler
Garden Warbler

 

Treecreeper
Treecreeper

Goldfinches
Goldfinches

We stayed until lunchtime before it became quite and not much was caught again. But 2 herons were regularly flying over and an amazing number of over 6 orange tip butterflies were fluttering about for most of the time.

I can’t wait until the next ringing session!

 

8 thoughts on “Blog #12 – Second Ringing Session”

  1. A great blog Michael. So well written too. What an amazing experience for you. You got to see the birds up close too. By the way, I saw the dippers this week. The water level was very low. First time for some weeks.

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    1. Also I was at Rucker glen park recently and managed to get a dipper with food in its mouth!

      Dipper

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  2. Hi Michael Was reading your blog, very interesting, glad you enjoyed it, was watching a turtle swimming about in the large pond opposite our hotel in Orlando. Seemed to be enjoying the sun and then decided to swim away. I think it thought it was going to get fed. Really warm here about 90 degrees. John

    On Saturday, May 13, 2017, Michael Sinclair – Nature Photography wrote:

    > michaelsinclairphotographer posted: “Blog #12 Second Ringing Session On > my previous ringing session blog #10 I was helping to catch Jack Snipe to > be ringed, ever since I have been emailing Iain Livingston to check when he > would be going ringing. He said on Saturday that he would be ringing” >

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    1. Cool now I want to go to Orlando! The blue tit chicks in the nest box are doing well and 4 robins fledged from a few gardens down. And lots of other bird activity here.

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