Saturday was another great ringing session. As we were setting up, we were lucky enough to hear a Tawny Owl in a tree next to us. Blackcaps were the main birds of the day. I always love to study and ring these birds, well I do with all birds, but I think these birds don't tend to wriggle around as much as some other birds. The picture is one we caught earlier this year. It was also nice to ring a large number of Robins. and a couple of Blackbirds. Where do Blackbirds disappear to at this time of year, there have been none in the garden at home for weeks now (and very few out ringing).
At this time of year we'd be catching quite a few juvenile White Throats but today we also caught an adult that had just finished it's moult, so it had all the adult plumage feathers, it was absolutely stunning. (One of the reasons we know it is an adult is because a really bright orangey eye, whereas on a juvenile it would be a rather dark eye).
In comparison to the picture above, the bird in the picture below is a juvenile White Throat, see when you compare the eye you can tell the one below is a juvenile.
When you are ringing, you can also do a bit of bird watching and as I did yesterday. Early in the morning we had talked about us possibly seeing a Spotted Flycatcher and as I was chatting to Peter a Spotted Flycatcher suddenly flew over us and then across us into a bush as we were taking the nets down. Me, Peter, Dad and Moxey all saw it, so that was a perfect way to end the day.