Posts Tagged ‘juvenile’

Having had to cancel my visit to last weeks season opener at Woolley Firs due to an alternator failure I was eager to make it this week, this was put into jeopardy on Friday morning after a massive hole appeared on the M25 following road works over-night. The road was still not open by bed time on Friday night but was due to re-open at 5am Saturday.

I confirmed the M25 had actually re-opened Saturday morning before setting off to Woolley Firs for the planned 07:00 meet. It was damp and misty throughout the morning but this didn’t seem to hamper the catch with a respectable 64 birds processed. The highlights of the day; a first year male Firecrest (a ringing tick for me) and a first year female Great spotted woodpecker.

Mistle thrush and Redwing were spotted but couldn’t be tempted down to the nets.


Firecrest (3M)



Firecrest Head

Firecrest (3M)


Great Spotted Woodpecker (3F)

Great spotted woodpecker (3F)

The now ‘traditional’ after session pint was quaffed before a remarkably traffic free trip home.



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…in nest box 2 have fledged! It seems only 3 of the original 8 chicks have made it from this box. I think the parents have struggled with a lack of insects, one of the adults looks absolutely worn out!

Photograph shows juvenile building up courage to leave the box, I missed the actual final moments by 10 mins!

Blue tit fledging

Other juveniles spotted in the garden today include Great tits, Blackbirds, Nuthatch and Long Tailed tits.

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