Friday, 24 January 2014

More Mealies at the Feeders

A short morning session at the UEA feeders was quite productive, highlights being 2 Mealy Redpolls, a Jay and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Mealy Redpolls (left hand bird wing 77mm, right hand bird 75mm)
Mealy and Lesser Redpoll

This photo shows nicely how we ages this bird as a 5 (a bird hatched in the previous calendar year). Red arrows showing unmoulted 'Juvenile-type' feathers (the outer alula, all the primary coverts and the outer greater covert) Notice how the pattern of the bands across the primary coverts is the same on each feather showing they were grown at the same time. Green arrows show new 'Adult-type' feathers (second Alula and greater coverts).


New birds (retraps in brackets)
Blabi 6(3)
Lesre 5(4)
Comre 2
Grefi 4
Bluti 3(16)
Dunno 0(2)
Robin 2(5)
Grswo 0(1)
Bramb 1
Greti 2(11)
Jay 1
Lotti 2

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