This morning I went across to Andy's place on South Ronaldsay for a ringing session with Andy and Stan.
It was a fairly quiet morning all in all but still interesting with plenty of time to study some of the birds I don't get to handle very often.
The morning started with a male Blackcap appearing in the bushes opposite Andy's ringing shed, a bird which managed to avoid the nets for the whole ringing session.
There were plenty of Wrens, Robins and Blackbirds about of which we caught five, four and two respectively. We also caught a couple of Goldcrests and the highlight of the morning a single Willow Warbler.
A total of 14 birds.
A small flock of Redwings were seen flying over the woods closely followed by a Sparrowhawk but they all managed to avoid being breakfast.
A female Hen Harrier was also seen drifting across the fields.