Sunday, 16 October 2011

16th October

The red-flanked bluetail showed on and off during the morning and it was undecided on whether the bird was ringed or not.   News soon came through that Flambrough had caught a second red-flanked bluetail so I really wanted to see if ours could well be a second bird too, however the birders finally got a good enough view of it and confirmed it was ringed.  As it had spent the day beside three nets and managed not to get trapped I presumed it was the bird that was trapped a few days ago.  A yellow-browed warbler was heard calling in the big mound throughout the day.  Not many other birds about and the catch consisted of mainly tits and finches.  Ringing highlights included the second ringed great spotted woodpecker (juvenile female) and treecreeper for the coastal park.  A total of 46 birds were trapped and ringed today.

Ringing totals included 19 long-tailed tits, 7 blue tits, 4 blackbirds, 3 coal tits and blackcaps, 2 great tit, chaffinch and goldfinch, plus singles of treecreeper, great spotted woodpecker, wren and greenfinch.

Below is a picture of the red-flanked bluetail taken yesterday by Steve Howard.

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