By heck it was good to be back ringing at Woodnook this morning! Gorgeous sunrise on what could have been a Spring morning, except that its November (until tomorrow) and the leaves are falling from the trees, and it's Winter.
Dozens of cock Pheasants were out on the grass strutting their stuff, lekking resplendent as always...
|Sunrise in Wentworth Park through a dirty car window, it's dirtier inside!|
Fellow bird ringers have been waxing lyrical about a new Redwing audio lure, nicknamed the Latvian Lovesong, so I thought I'd give it a go. I set a couple of nets in the woodland and true to form I had a couple of Redwing on the first net round and one a little later on. I was hoping for more but hey, still a new species for the site and they are a stunning thrush. I didn't get any pics of them, it was a busy net round and being on my own there was no time for pleasure!
Many people seem to think that there are more thrush species around in the UK than there actually is. Everyone knows a Blackbird right? Well, OK, a few people get mixed up with the young ones because they can seem a bit spotty at first. After that there's the Song Thrush, very vocal at dawn, repeats itself three or four times, has yellow wing pits. Mistle Thrush (seasonal!) are huge in comparison, fly about in groups a lot and are quite vocal, sort of rattley call, white wing pits. Redwing, at this time of year heard flying around everywhere, day and night, shrill whistle, flocks like Starlings, red wing pits. Last but not least is the Fieldfare, another Winter visitor, large, makes a 'chack chack' call, in groups, sorted. OK so there are rarities, but theyre RARE and if you don't know your Song Thrush wing pit from your Mistle Thrush rattle anyway then you wouldn't know a raritiy if it hit you in the face. When I say rare, in bird watching terms, it means what it says.
A picture of a bird nearly always caught at Woodnook and always present in the treetops, the enigmatic, charismatic, hydromatic, Nuthatch. Two new males were caught today.
|Nuthatch - Sitta europaea|
Essential ringing supplies were in the cabin, no need for the fire but a bonfire toffee lolly went down a treat. Joseph Dobson & Sons, confectionery makers of West Yorkshire, reyt nice lollies thi wer an all. Oh, I did find a piece of cake in the fridge too...
|Ringing equipment and lollies.|
01/00 Coal Tit
03/01 Blue Tit
08/00 Great Tit