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  • #321055

    Malti
    Participant

    good to know colin

    #321057

    Colin
    Participant

    Here’s two pics from yesterday – a male goldfinch

    Interesting thing about them is that when I first started ringing birds in the garden I used to only see one pair of goldfinches on the feeders at a time. You could easily assume it was the same pair each time but within a week I had ringed 30 new goldfinches and I also got a control which means that someone else had ringed a bird and I re-trapped it. It had been ringed in Sussex which is 430 miles and the bird was at least two years old – This info is what I like about this hobby!

    #321058

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Gorgeous wee creature.

    #321063

    Colin
    Participant

    Yes, should have mentioned that it is the BTO British Trust for Ornithology –

    http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/ringing/ringing-scheme

    should have linked to this earlier, you’d probably quite like it Matt, as I said I am no bird watcher but very interested in the migrations and conservation etc

    #321065

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Cheers Colin. I was actually well into birds in my teens and used to go to Leighton Moss reserve quite often. Will have a proper look around that site.

    P.S. waits for ‘comedy’ comments re. being ‘well into birds’…

    #321073

    Plaamoo
    Participant

    Very interesting hobby Colin! I used be a bit of a bird watcher but it’s been a while and I forget more than I remember. The names are the same but the ony one that looks the same as I remember is the redpoll.

    #321079

    Malti
    Participant

    @Colin – are those siskins with the goldfinch on the feeder? or a similar bird, forgot its english name, but we call it Apparell (Serinus serinus)

    @Matt – hope you still are…

    #321080

    TorbenL
    Member

    Hi
    Very interesting thread ! I love to see the great pics in here. I often go birdwatching! In fact I live just 40 kms from Skagen one of Europes best places to watch migrating birds in the spring, Like the tip of a funnel the migrating birds gather there before crossing the sea.

    Right now I feed in my garden and I have counted at least 20 different species. I don’t ring birds but I have found some ringed and sent the info to the adress on the ring. One black-headed gull was ringed in Norwich, another was a young sparrow hawk from a nest just north of the city, it struck a wire while chasing sparrow ..and died.

    #321089

    Colin
    Participant

    Hi Torben, good stuff http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/…erin/index.aspx

    siskin

    http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/…skin/index.aspx

    Some of my pals went bird ringing in Malta a few years back and commented on how dangerous it was because of people hunting the birds, even small finches etc were getting shot and birds like swallows on migration. They said that several ringers had been attacked. Is it still as bad for hunting?

    #321090

    Colin
    Participant

    Pics for today…

    A male blackbird Turdus merula

    Again, it’s one of those species where people look out into their garden and think, “Oh, there’s the blackbird again”. In fact, there may be dozens of different ones passing through. Many of the Blackbirds in Scotland just now will go back to Norway when the weather gets better… and ours will come back from England. Some may stay local all year round though but ringing tells us that many move about. At least when I recapture this one I can really say, “Oh, there is that blackbird again”. lol

    #321104

    Malti
    Participant

    Some of my pals went bird ringing in Malta a few years back and commented on how dangerous it was because of people hunting the birds, even small finches etc were getting shot and birds like swallows on migration. They said that several ringers had been attacked. Is it still as bad for hunting?

    Colin, I’m sorry but you and your friends have obviously been fed alot of lies about Malta. Unless they happened on some stupid person – no one shoots at finches, the only “small birds” that are shot are the starling, thrush and Sky Lark, all which are legal and shot to be eaten. I’m not saying that there isn’t illegal hunting, but its on the small side and you find that everywhere, so its not just the maltese – and this idea is mainly thanks to the liars we have at BLM.

    About the attacks – how many hunters/trappers where arrested cause of the attacks by the police? I mean, unfortunately for birdwatchers, most that come here think they own the place and have been known to trespass to “snoop” around. In my area I know farmers who had crops trodden just cause they felt they could pass not from the passage on the field border but from the middle.

    Also we maltese are a loud bunch – ask anyone who’s been here, and they’ll tell you – if you’re unaccustomed you’d think there’s a fight at every corner, but its just how we are. Also if someone tresspasses in my fields, and to add insult to injury is plodding through my ploughed area like some ox, guess I’ll be angry, I’ll get red in the face and tell them to eff off (but obviously never using violence) so one must see the circumstances.

    we’re really a friendly bunch, as can be vouched for by the thousands of uk tourists which visit regularly – most of what you hear, unless given evidence (and not some bird group, official like police/,ministry etc) is either grossly inflated or outright bullshit

    #321108

    Colin
    Participant

    Yes you are quite right, it is very true that often the tourists think they have the right to go wherever and do whatever they want. I see this quite commonly in my job too and it can be very frustrating indeed.

    I guess it is just a difference in perceptions?

    My friends who went were specifically at nature reserves or scientific areas, I’ll need to ask for more details

    thanks
    Colin

    #321142

    Malti
    Participant

    thanks Colin,and I think that a difference in perception can be much to blame

    #341180

    Colin
    Participant

    Pics of a male sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus which flew into the net while chasing goldfinches!

    #341181

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Fantastic. <img src="style_emoticons//smile.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:)” border=”0″ alt=”smile.gif” /> Doesn’t look like it’s near your house though?

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