Saturday, 17 April 2010

Spring ringing

Spent most of last week up and down the country, so it was nice to be back in Norfolk and catch up with some ringing... This morning I popped along to the ringing demonstration at the RSPB Lakenheath Fen Family Fun Day. Despite the bright sun (no complaints there!) we still managed to catch plenty of Goldfinches amongst the more expected haul of tits.

It's still always a pleasure to see the faces of people seeing birds up close, and they really do inspire. It was a joy to catch up with only my second Swallow of the year (how embarrassing...) and a couple of male Garganey on the flood.

Nesting was then the order of the day, and I failed to find a Little Grebe (yet to be proven breeding for the Atlas in that 10 km square) but did flush a Green Sand instead! Back home was slightly more successful, with a Blackbird nest with three very young chicks in the salubrious setting of the old stable! I'll keep you informed how these guys get on...



1 comment:

Mark Grantham said...

Sadly checked the Blackbird nest again just now to find one dead chick and only one live chick, looking a bit at miffed at sharing its nest with a dead sibling.

More news later...