Monday, 9 July 2012

Outing report- 8th July 2012 Bird ringing at the Pickles' Home

Attendees: Liz Blomeyer, Stan & Val Culley, Sandy Olver, Andy Ruffle, Ron Whitham.

We didn't net many birds today, which was surprising considering the rain we had during the night. As the morning warmed up though, there were plenty of birds foraging in the surrounding Coral and Fig trees.

Of the 16 birds caught, 4 were re-captures and there were three interesting specimens (see below).

juv Sombre Greenbul no.1
Note the gape and dark eye
(Photo Andy Ruffle)

juv Sombre Greenbul no.2
Note the more advanced development of eye-ring feathers
(Photo Andy Ruffle)


juv Cape Batis
Note the spots on the back
(Photo Andy Ruffle)

The Sombre Greenbuls were new species for these open ringing sessions and now brings the tally to 63 species since we started in October 2011.

Birds ringed: African Firefinch, Cape Batis, Cape Robin-Chat, Dark-capped Bulbul x 3, Grey Sunbird x 2, Red-capped Robin-Chat, Sombre Greenbul x 2, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird (8 species).
Re-captures: African Firefinch, Red-capped Robin-Chat, White-browed Scrub-Robin x 2 (4 birds).
Total tally: 16 birds

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