|A dazzling after second year male common redpoll|
The theme of the day was not only Irish green but gratefully greenbacks in the form of donations that made us happy. As for the birds it was the red in redpoll. With the help of some young hands at the traps and some experienced hands, enter thanks to Chris Sukha we were able to band 97 more redpolls which allowed us to pass the 1000 redpoll for the season. When ever I think of banding at St ptricks day images of green and t shirts usually fill my head as we often can toss away our winter coats and enjoy the warmth of a plus 3 day in balmy comfort . yesterday i hardly wanted to expose my fingers the frigid temperatures . I arrived to start the wood stove and it was a crushing minus 18. The birds in the cold were quite active which is why we were able to band so many. All of the birds were caught in our 2 finch traps and our J trap.
|Violet holding our 1000th common redpoll of the 2017 banding season . Most of them were caught after feb 16th|
|Sarah and Pete pictured here Pete was a volunteer from the UK and Sarah was our intern who stayed in the dorm for 6 months as our intern and she was still smiling|
|Hopefully you have seen this poster before please copy and share to anyone who wants to help support bird research|