Bullfinch at Bedfont

This morning we had a glorious ringing session in the sunshine at the South side of Bedfont Lakes Country Park. A bullfinch was heard a few days before so were hopeful – turns out we were in luck and this beautiful male was the star of  the show!

Male bullfinch

Male bullfinch

IMG_2077Bullfinches are usually found in pairs as they mate for life so hopefully there is a female and a few mini finches around somewhere!

We also caught a few whitethroats and greenfinches which was nice as we don’t tend to get them at the nature reserve around the other side. Also a few recently fledged blackcaps, great tits and blue tits. The blue tits definately rival the long-tails on the cuteness scale!

Blue tit fledgling

Blue tit fledgling

Blue tit fledgling tail shot

Blue tit fledgling tail shot

Blackcap fledgling

Blackcap fledgling

Blackcap fledgling wing shot

Blackcap fledgling wing shot

The juvenile blackcaps (both male and female) can be tricky as they initially appear similar to adult female blackcaps. A closer look at the undertail coverts and you can see these feathers are brown and ‘fluffy’ as apposed to the light grey, sleeker feathers of the adults. Their underparts are generally more fluffy and brown and they have a duller cap compared to the chestnut of the adult females. The juvenile males may have a few wisps of black in their brown caps, otherwise it is difficult to sex them at this stage.

Juvenile blackcap undertail coverts

Juvenile blackcap undertail coverts

In between ringing there was also a bit of invertebrate action with numerous cinnabarbrown silver-line and light brown apple moths, a couple of small tortoise shell and holly blue butterflies, a raft spider and my personal favourite this swollen-thighed beetle – reminds me of those track cyclists with the giant thigh muscles!

Swollen - thighed beetle, Oedemera nobilis

Swollen – thighed beetle, Oedemera nobilis

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