Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Subspecies ticks

A strong wind kept the ringing totals low this morning (online here — click Ringing), though we did catch two new ringing species for the season; both sort of new for me, too.

The first was a new subspecies in the hand — a 3+cy (adult) male White Wagtail. And very smart he was too!

The second was completely new — a 2cy nominate race Common Treecreeper. Paler/greyer above (except for the rump) and cleaner underneath than the British britannica birds I'm used to seeing... though I'll admit that I wasn't exactly overwhelmed by the differences!

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