A Purple Patch!


Tuesday 21st August 2018

Having caught your attention with the possibility of something good, I must confess that unfortunately my hands were the only things that were purple after processing a number of blackcaps that had been feasting on blackberries. An occupational hazard for ringers at this time of year. Birds were hard to come by today – particularly poor for the middle of August. Perhaps the persistent SW winds have held things up or kept birds on the other side of the Channel.

Purple hand

I only saw two Willow Warblers in 5 hours and not a single Tree Pipit responded to my tape lures, (I caught 16 here last August). However, there were just enough birds to keep me occupied and the first young Kingfisher of the year plus a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker was a bonus.


44 birds were ringed: 1 Blackbird, 10 Blackcap, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Reed Warbler, 2 Robin, 18 Sedge Warbler and 2 Wren.

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