Together with my dad, Hans and Henri we had an excellent first CES round at my ringing siste. As always with the first time, the set up took a bit longer then expected but for the rest everything went smooth.
From this year on, nestboxes have been hung on trees at the site and I think this has caused a clear increase in Pied Flycatcher and Great Tits.
The morning started with cloud cover and low temperatures but soon the sun came forward and it became a beautiful day, the first reasonable day for Holland so far this spring!
Cloud cover is good for ringing and this was proved soon. Every round we had quite a few birds. Below the totals:
|Blackbird (Turdus merula)||2|
|Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)||2|
|Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)||1|
|Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)||2||1|
|Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus)||4|
|Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)||1|
|Great Tit (Parus major)||16||2|
|Jay (Garrulus glandarius)||1|
|Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)||6|
|Robin (Erithacus rubecula)||2|
|Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla)||1|
|Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)||1|
|Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)||2|
Total 41- 3 (recapture of one 'unknown' Dutch ringed Great Tit)
Observations during the ringing included: singing Lesser Redpoll, Yellowhammers, Marsh Tits, Coal Tits, Woodlark, Cuckoo, Redstarts, first Wood Warbler of the year and displaying Goshawk.
Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca), >2cy female; rounded primary coverts, rounded tail; blackish alula etc made me age this one as a >2cy, eventhough females are tricky.. (Well Pied Flycatchers in general in spring are difficult...)
Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca), >1cy male; of the browngrey 'morph'
But what about the age of this one? A very good 4 I would say! (Upper individual)
Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus), >1cy; pale looking individual
Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus), >1cy male
Jay (Garrulus glandarius), >1cy female