Today (Thursday; yes, technically yesterday, I know) was probably the most perfect day at Falsterbo so far. It looked like it was going to be great for ringing — calm with clear skies — so we shipped in some reinforcements. We were a bit disappointed at how quiet things seemed... until we realised we'd actually ringed 1,300 birds. Things had gone so smoothly that we didn't even notice! It wasn't the number of birds that made today so special though; it was the number of species: 26 species ringed during today's standardised ringing (totals online; click Ringing). Common Treecreeper, Redwing and Goldfinch were all firsts for the autumn season, as was this 1cy Great Grey Shrike:
Early afternoon we caught our first Long-tailed Tits of the season; caudatus, hurrah!
By closing, we had the all-time Falsterbo day record — 72 birds! Well, we needed to break at least one record today, didn't we?
In the evening, we reopened all of the garden nets — by the first round, we had caught one of these:
Which reminds me of a joke. Which owl is most often found in kitchens?