Thursday, 17 June 2010

Woody Woodpecker on CES

Just about managed to drag myself out of bed at 4:15 this morning to tag along on the BTO's Constant Effort Site ringing session.

It wasn't the busiest, but I was surprised at still how little growth there's been on the site. The reeds are still only a few feet high (below), there are no nettles (much to the relief of BirdTrack organiser Nick Moran, wearing shorts when we were putting up nets) and it just seems rather sparse...

We caught around 40 birds by 9am, many of which were retraps - excellent for survival studies! Highlight though, was this Green Woodpecker, caught in one of our least productive nets! The lack of red in the moustaches shows it's a female, and the pink eye, general colouration and broad primary coverts show it was a 'full' adult.

Seems it also has shape-shifting properties as well, looking strangely like Woody Woodpecker himself!