In a related note, I was delighted to discover that my friend Sybil is part of a program to ring birds for the British Trust for Ornithology or BTO. Sybil and I have been having conversations about birds. She's been telling me her tales of ringing house martins and sand martins and taking field trips out to Bass Rock to ring gannets. I had mentioned that our swallows had a second brood on the go but I don't know how big the nestlings were. She came yesterday with her tiny little leg rings and notebook and we got this second batch of four swallows ringed and recorded.
Here's how you ring nestlings:
1. Have a terrific trained up friend who knows what they are doing. She gets on a ladder and sticks her hand into the nest and grabs the baby birds one by one and puts them in a cotton bag that draws close with a string.
|Sybil gets the birds from the nest|
|These numbers are TINY|
|Clamping onto the thin little leg|
|The proper way to hold a bird for ringing|
|Back in the nest it goes!|
|Holding the bird down so it won't jump out|
Now that I have had four birds ringed, I am keen to get more of our birds ringed so that their movements can be recorded.