First bird caught was a female Blackbird which had an unusual tail pattern with the entire tail covered with small bars/lines. These did not appear to be growth bars as they were very even and spread down the length of the feathers.
|The Blackbird's tail with the bars unfortunately not showing very well in the photo|
One of the Silvereyes appeared to be going through at least a partial tail moult which is odd for this time of year.
|Silvereye tail with retained central feathers and moulted outer ones|
Hornsey Road - Friday 24 August
I put up a couple of nets in the morning to see what was about and then in the afternoon operated the trap at Bridie's for a couple of hours. Didn't catch a lot of birds but did have a bit of variety. Caught a total of 9 birds of 5 species, 2 recap Blackbirds, 2 new and 1 recap Starling, 2 recap Greenfinch, 1 recap Dunnock and a recap Sparrow. No Silvereye were caught. Almost all of the Silvereyes left the area about 3 weeks ago, which is the same time as they left last year, so we will wait and see if they return mid October as happened last year.