This evening I set a net up near the house with the hope of catching something differant. Initially it was again Sparrows althugh there was a very old one which was good. Then my Grandson Tom flushed a covey of Californian Quail into the net with me having failed miserably earlier. Of the 12 or so in the covey we caught and banded 8 including an adult Male and Female the rest being juveniles.
The combined totals for the period is (recaps in brackets)
Goldfinch - 6 (0) all caught at the stream.
|Bex banding one of the Goldfinch.|
Redpoll - 1 (0) the first for a while.
Silvereye - 1 (0)
House Sparrow - 39 (6) mostly juveniles but included a bird banded a couple of weeks after we started banding here. It is now at 1238 days from banding our oldest recap of any species recaptured here.
|Several of the juvenile Sparrows had very pronounced growth bands|
Californian Quail - 8 (0) by far the biggest catch far exceding the 3 caught in the past.
|The Male Quail on left, female on right|
|One of the juvenile Quail.|