We ringed two apparent continental Blackbirds this morning and the word 'stockamsel' came to mind (see below).
Not only is it a bit of nostalgia but from Clare College, Cambridge some light on the subject. Evidently the expression 'stockamsel' was first coined by Johann Andreas Naumann he of (naumanni) Lesser Kestrel and Naumann'sThrush fame. It relates to young males resembling well marked females. This is a dark billed first year male with white fringed breast feathers creating a clearly visible 'scaly' effect. Ageing as a first year would be easy anyway - note the brown 'juvenile' feathers in the wing and the odd one in the body (e.g. just behind the ear coverts).
We also ringed quite a few newly arrived Goldcrests, a female Blackcap and this rather lovely Treecreeper (note the long stiff pointy tail which they use like a third limb pushed against the tree as they work the bark).
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
An interesting control (that's a bird ringed by us but found by someone else) a Goldfinch ringed by Chris at Stanton Under Bardon, Leicestershire 17-Dec-2015 and re-trapped by a fellow ringer on the Emerald Isle last week 23-Feb-2017 Coolcush, near Dungannon, Tyrone. Details ..... Duration: 434 days Distance: 409 km Direction: 300deg (WNW)
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Although a sunny day and very cold, the wind speed was ideal for a short session at the Sewerage Works, there were plenty of birds about including several Chiffchaff, and wagtails a plenty feeding on the flies around the site. The short session ended with 28 birds with Goldcrest the most numerous on 10, Dunnock 4, Wren 6, Blackbird, Redwing, Pied Wagtail and just before packing up a Green Woodpecker was in the bottom shelf, a nice end to the session and the first to be captured for the site.
Sunday, 11 September 2016
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
We have also recorded eight of this years juveniles, which are codes U70, U71, U73, U74, U80,U82, U84, and U86.
It would be great to receive records from other sites, so please check for Lime colour rings on any Common Terns.
Observations to Andy Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, 16 July 2016
There was also this adult, with 2 plain yellow rings on the left leg. I am awaiting information on what scheme this bird belongs to.