Saturday, 6 April 2013

These beaks were made for biting!

and that's just what they'll do.....

I know I keep going on about it, but seriously....

Had another session at the Hawfinch RAS again today with Dave Smith. Nine hours sped by surprisingly fast and, finally, we got into some worthwhile number of birds too. 19 Hawfinch were caught in total including 11 new birds, 3 from 2011,  2 from 2012 and 3 from earlier this year. 

Full adult male, one of the early birds originally caught in March 2011

Close up of the inner primaries. Adults have much deeper indentations and more gloss on the wings than 1st summer birds. These oddly shaped feathers are used in their bowing courtship display which was much in evidence in the bright sunshine today.

Other birds caught included a handful of Siskins, Chaffinches and Great Tits and this cracking male Treecreeper

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