donderdag 31 mei 2012

Pica pica

It had been a while since I had the time to have a proper ringing session in my garden. Not that it's extremely exciting to ring in my garden in May, but anyway. So I had a session yesterday. I got up early and opened my net at 6:00 and had it open for six hours. So I closed around 12:00.

I ringed my first 'garden juvies' of the year in the garden, 1 Dunnock and 2 Blue Tits. Next to that I ringed a new female Blackbird with a broodpatch. I've ringed practically every Blackbird in the neighbourhood but I'd seen this unringed female for quite some time now, hopping through the garden, and now it finally got a ring :)

But the best bird of the morning was undoubtly a Magpie. It's the 3rd Magpie I've ringed in my garden. Also a female with broodpatch. The bird had already started its summer complete moult.

I'll show some pics below.

 The old primaries are still juvenile, according to the pattern; with an adult the white should extent far more to the tip of the wing, both on P1 and P2.
 A wing photo, sorry for the terrible holding of the wing but the 2 moulting (actually 3 but one is not visible) primaries are visible.
In conclusion: a 2cy.
 1cy Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Recently fledged (or should I say 'jumped out of the nest') Blackbird (Turdus merula)

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