This weekend's ringing here in
was a bit of a mixed bag. Saturday we were at the bay, a little mob handed for the meagre 10 birds that graced our nets (1.4 birds each…). For a change for this time of year, we only caught one blue tit. Cardiff
Sunday morning saw CJ and Facey trying for gulls at
, with their gull to bread ration being 0:5. The gulls were just not interested, with even the swans and geese apathetic to the feast on offer. Lessons learnt: Roath Park
1) Don’t try catching gulls at Roath park after a glorious Saturday
2) Spar bread is far more expensive than ASDA…
Sunday evening saw a return to the bay for a starling roost catch. Over the last month or so between 1000-1500 of them have been roosting at the bay. The spectacle of murmurating starlings was enjoyed with a mixture of awe and gut wrenching anxiety as around 1500 starlings dropped in on the net ride. We caught 17. Some may say a meagre offering considering the numbers at roost; these would be people who have not had to extract more than one starling.
|Go on, you know you want to count them...|
|One of three - no not a Borg designation, its a redshank|
|Billy Wizz process his redshank|
|Quackers: Technically we took a picture of the starlings. |
They were just in bags...
Blackbirds – 4
Dunnock – 3
Blue tit - 1
Lesser Redpoll – 1
Long tailed-tit – 1
Starling – 17
Redshank – 3
Mallard – 1
On a more personal note we said farewell to Dr O who moved to Northumberland to work with rusty tree rats.