Spring Migration

A WIllow Warbler grew quite attached to Mark

A WIllow Warbler grew quite attached to Mark

Where's it gone??

Where’s it gone??

The ringing process

The ringing process

Data recorded

Data recorded

Over the past few days we have had an influx of migrant birds on the island. These are on their way to their breeding grounds and have stopped off here to refuel for their journey ahead. Todays highlights include Wryneck, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Snow Bunting, Garden Warbler, Whinchat, and plenty of Willow Warblers.

These birds find their way into to the heligoland traps where guests staying at the bird observatory catch and ring the birds, a process that take a few minutes but gives us valuable information on birds migration. A small metal ring with a unique code is attached to the birds leg (a bit like us wearing a watch), a few measurements are taken and then the bird is released to continue on its journey. However there was one individual Willow Warbler that preferred to sit on Mark resting and warming itself rather than heading off!

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