zondag 27 mei 2012

Time for Pullus

When there's not much to ring from the  mistnets, during this time of year, one can always ring some pullus! Yesterday we had our 4th CES of the year at Radio Kootwijk. We didn't ring many birds, just the ordinary stuff. Below the totals:

Blackcap 3 -
Blue Tit 1 -
Great Tit 4 - 5
Pied Flycatcher 1 - 1
Robin 1 -
Willow Warbler 1 -

Total 11 - 6 (17)

Apart from the mistnetting we ringed 23 more pullus of Great and Blue Tit. That being said I've now ringed over 100 young Tits (75 Great Tits and 26 Blue Tits).

We also had some nice observations, such as a Black Woodpecker close to the nets, and a Hobby hunting above us. There were also several Wood Warblers singing.

This week I've also ringed 3 young Blackbirds in my garden. They've fledged recently, one is still perched next to the nest whole day, but where the other two have gone two I have no idea. I thought I heard some young Blackbirds in the gardens next to us, so hopefully they'll be there and not eaten by a cat!

 Blackbird (Turdus merula)
 Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Great Tit (Parus major)
 Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca), adult male
Eresus sandaliatus, a rare small spider, in the Netherlands, only occurring on the Veluwe.

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