Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Signs of spring

Given the amount of bird song at the study site today it is clear that spring has finally sprung! Blackbirds abound and several were seen in territorial disputes. Three birds with rings were seen but we only managed to read one code.

BN was ringed in December 2013, the same year she hatched, and has not been seen since July last year. Not far from BN was a male with a beak full of worms so we know breeding is underway in the allotments! Whether this was BN's mate or not was unclear. We had hoped to follow the male back to his nests but he steadfastly refused to move until we were too far away to see where he was going!

BN refusing to look at the camera!

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