Sunday, 25 September 2011

Rarity while ringing at Low Newton 25/9/11

Got up at 5:30 this morning to go to the weekly ringing session up at Low Newton. It was going well with just under 20 birds caught within the hour. Then Stewart brought a bird back that was initially put down as a reed bunting until Chris noticed it had a short wing length for a reed bunting and on closer inspection, it turned out to be a delightful Little Bunting. It was a pleasure to see such a rarity at such close range, you don't often get life ticks while ringing (my last one was a pied flycatcher at Low Newton last year) so to see this bird in the hand was a privilege.
What a cracker, unfortunately I left my camera at home so this was taken with my iPhone, so the photo doesn't do the bird justice.


  1. Fantastic. I remember having a Common Rosefinch ringing at Low Newton with Chris a few years back. It's always a treat to catch a real goody.

  2. Yeah it is a great site for rarities, promising start!