Waxwings still around - and we're loving em!
The recent snow has congregated the thrushes into patches of apples that are clear. The Bearded One set some nets today and I joined him pre-work and during the lunch break for some ringing.
The result was probably the most exciting ringing session on site. The day's tally:
2 Mistle Thrushes
3 Green Woodpeckers
1 Blue Tit
Total of 130 birds
The site is usually excellent for the winter thrushes - providing some really interesting retrap data between winters of Fieldfare (up to about 10% of the national catch of Fieldfare have been ringed each year on this site).
The first Waxwing caught was this female (note the diffuse lower edge ofthe black bib)
Later this male (strong demarkation to the bib) was caught, allowing a useful comparison between the sexes.
And this one - we called him 'Steve'.