vrijdag 22 juni 2012

What would taste better?

A Feral Pigeon or a Wood Pigeon? We discussed this matter in depth yesterday.

 Menzie seems to go for the Wood Pigeon.
Whilst Faab doesn't seem particularly happy with the Feral Pigeon.. 

So I guess the Wood Pigeon is our lucky winner!

Other birds ringed in the garden yesterday afternoon included a varied bunch of species. Several Goldfinches, Blue Tits, two Coal Tits, a Greenfinch, a juvenile Dunnock and the undoubtedly highlights Feral (well we didn't ring it) & Wood Pigeon.

 Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)
 Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), 3J in English terms
 Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris), 2cy male
 Dunnock (Prunella modelularis), 3J with a tasty meelworm in its mouth!
 Pair of Coal Tits (Periparus ater), female left; male right
They turned out to be a nice comparison: the female (upper one) was a 2cy; note the brown alulas and primary coverts. The male (the one below) was a >2cy; dark alulas and dark primary coverts in contrast to the female. Both had started the post-breeding moult.

Yesterday we bought some wire at the shops and spend quite a few hours building a trap for in the garden; aiming for trapping the Wood Pigeons of course:) We had finished it in the evening and put it out this morning. We already have result: a Robin!

I would also like to share this photo of a Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) pullus:
Wednesday afternoon we joined David Norman again for some pulli ringing this time. We went to a farm with Tree Sparrows. We ringeds a few broods of Tree Sparrow, a single House Sparrow brood and a single brood of Great Tits.

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