Not a good weather forecast for this morning, but as we were up we decided to carry on.
However, the rain soon put the dampers on things with the nets being taken down at about 0730.
All was not lost though. The bird pictured below was an interesting catch and would certainly cause some confusion in the field, no doubt. It is a juvenile Red-capped Robin-Chat.
|juvenile Red-capped Robin-Chat|
(Photo Andy Ruffle)
For a picture of a juvenile Olive Thrush see Andrew's post here. Note the buff edges to some of the wing feathers...a diagnostic feature of a juvenile.
This is another example of how important bird ringing is when it comes to data collection and learning more about our avian friends.
There were four re-captures during today's session- 2 Green-backed Camaroptera ringed during 2011; 1 Terrestrial Brownbul and 1 Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird both ringed on 2nd Nov 2008 strangely.
The next ringing session will be on 11th March, so don't miss it, this could be your last chance for warblers this season.
On the Barn Swallow front, Andrew has ringed 997 birds so far this season, with just a few weeks to go before they start making their way back to the breeding grounds. Mike Fagan has kindly donated 200 surplus rings to Andrew's project.
References: Roberts Online