Sunday, 26 July 2015

Stonechat and Sedge

A couple of interesting birds from my ringing trainer's long-running bird ringing at his Constant Effort Site. First up, a superb young stonechat - check out those brilliant modified bristle feathers around its bill.

And we finally some evidence of success from the sedge warblers -5 fledged young from different broods. Like most birds this year, they've had a tough time with the lack of insects due to the terribly cold, damp Spring.  You can see this in the fault line (see arrow) in the tail where there was an intense food shortage while those feathers were growing.