I found out there was a bird ringing demonstration at a local wildlife reserve. It was a dry and bright Saturday morning and I went along with my camera and binoculars.
I was familiar with the basics of putting rings on birds.
Set up mist nets where you think birds will be
|Coal Tit with next bird in a bag|
|Male Blackbird getting measured|
|Reed Warbler getting wings measured|
|Male Chaffinch getting inspected|
|Robin being documented|
I was there for over an hour watching them pluck birds from the nets, talking to other people and inspecting the area. I had a good time. The staff and volunteers at the reserve are charming. You know what? They know their birds too.
The club that rings birds was ringing the birds was separate from the reserve itself. I have tried to convince them that they should come out to our place and ring the visitors to my feeders. Turns out they are really busy and have plenty of gardens available. My little birds are competing with the Bass Rock gannets and the puffins at Ailsa Craig.