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Big bird!

tirsdag 25. april 2017
af Marie Chevalier

At least! The wind completely stopped today and the week is supposed to stay like this! We could open all the nets for the first time in weeks!
Although the sky was blue most of the morning, the temperatude, on the other hand are still very cold in the early morning, reaching only 1 to 3 degree C. But we appreciate the sun and the raise of the temperature trough the afternoon.

Nets were closed at 12.00, with 42 birds ringed!
Two new spring species were caught: the first Tree pipit was caught early in the morning (and we forgot to take a picture) and then, very surprisingly, we caught a woodpigeon around 11!! Although this is a very common species around here, they are so big that they usually don't get caught. We had much pleasure to hold and ring that bird, which are really tricky to age and almost impossible to sex. This one weighted almost 500 gramms. Compare to our usual small passerines, which weigh 5 to 30 gramms, this is just a heavy bird!

woodpigeon

Birds ringed today:
Ringdue - woodpigeon: 1
Skovpiber - Tree pipit: 1
Gædersmutte - Wren: 1
Jernspurv - Dunnock: 13
Rødhals - robins: 10
Solsort - Blackbird: 1
Munk - Blackcap: 3
Gransanger - Chiffchaff: 7
Løvsanger - Willow warbler: 1
Grønirisk - Greenfinch: 3
Tornirisk - Linnet : 1