Today I was assisting at an undergrad field course ringing session. Normally in Wytham we ring in the winter, using short lengths of mist nets around feeders with the aim to specifically catch and mark great/blue tits. But today we set up many more nets dispersed randomly around the woods, and unsurprisingly we caught many species that I've never before handled! This included lots of summer migrants, such as blackcap, whitethroat and chiffchaff, but most excitingly this sparrowhawk!! We ringed the individual nice and efficiently and, as always, without any harm to the bird..
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