Tuesday, 11 February 2014

A Bird in the Hand

Last Sunday BTO bird ringer Richard Barnes was on site at our Wildlife Hide to carry out a spot of bird-ringing.  Lots of birds were caught and rung or, if a re-capture i.e. already previosly rung, their details recorded.  Birds caught included blue tits, great tits and coal tits and even a couple of colourful siskins.

Siskin sitting on niger seed feeder

Another colourful bird caught was the Great Spotted Woodpecker, a bird Richard catches good numbers of especially here at the hide where they come to feed on fatballs and peanuts.  These birds can be quite feisty and Richard sustained lots of chiselling blows to his hands, from the woodpecker's beak,  as I patiently waited till it was sitting still to take a photo.

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Another bird occasionally caught is the Sparrowhawk and Richard was fortunate today to catch a male.  This is one of my favourite birds and I was delighted to pose for a photo with the bird in my hand.

Me with male sparrowhawk

Another view of a magnificent bird with ring on leg

1 comment:

  1. i bet its the only bird in your hand you get my drift