But I thought some of you might be interested in the Dawn Patroller's adventures today.
While I was enjoying my morning of not doing very much, (and recovering from a wonderful meal last night with lots of red wine at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses) he was away at Loch of Strathbeg where they were bird ringing.
A fine mesh (Mist mesh) is hung between trees that traps the birds without harming them.
They are placed into a bag. Its dark inside which reduces the bird's stress.
Gently placed, head down, again to reduce stress, the birds are weighed.
And measured, wing to tip.
All the information is put onto a computer and if anyone finds a bird which has a ring on there is also a website on the ring (poor bird, carrying all that info!) so you can inform the British Trust for Ornithology. Rings do come in different sizes for each species!
Once all the info has been recorded the birds are taken back and released.
Tree Sparrow on the left, House Sparrow on the right. According to the experts of the day rare to see the two together, they should visit our garden......
A good day for all involved. Wonder how they manage to ring the White Tailed Eagle?
As big as me, but worry not, it was ringed when a chick, before releasing, and the tag can be checked with binoculars. This is Ralf. Called such as his tag includes the letters.
We do a weekly bird count of the birds in our garden, why not do the same, although it becomes addictive! Check out British Trust for Ornithology web site http://www.bto.org/
If you see Ralf in your shrubbery do let me know.