Saturday, 14 February 2015
Today I went to Woolley Firs (BBOWT) near Maidehead to watch the Runnymede Ringing Group in action. Carl Hunter Roach explained the process. I was very fortunate to get to hold and release a blue tit. The wonderful site with an arboretum and surrounding fields is home to many species of birds. During the ringing session I saw dunnock, coal tit, goldcrest, blue tit, great tit and long tailed tits. We could hear the call of a greater spotted woodpecker and there was a mistle thrush high up in the trees. Next we went on a walk with Dan (of BBOWT) and Brian, a local bird expert. Sightings included buzzards, lapwings, redkites, goldfinch, redwing and greenfinch. We also heard sky larks. It was a great way to spend a morning!