|Mary our chief scribe entering data for Ros and Annette.|
In all we caught 50 birds of only five species with, as expected, juvenile Sparrows making up the majority.
Species caught were - (recaptures in brackets)
Greenfinch - 3 (1) the recap was banded in Nov 2011
Dunnock - 4 (0)
Silvereye - 2 (4) All the recaps were banded in the previous 2 years. Unusual to get more recaps than new birds at this time of year; perhaps Silvereye have had a poor breeding year although it was a very small sample.
Grey Warbler - 0 (1) a bird banded back in Feb 11 so a reasonable age for this apparently short lived bird.
House Sparrow - 32 (3) the oldest recap was banded at Bridie's on Hornsey Rd in Dec 2010 as a newly fledged unsexed juvenile so we now know it has grown into a handsome male, or he will be again when he finishes his moult.
|The underwing feathering of a juvenile Sparrow on the left compared with an older bird|
|The wings of two juvenile Sparrows of similar age, female on left, male on right.|