In the past I have had to rely on my learned friends (i.e. other ringers), for all my ringing ticks (thanks guys!) - 76 to date in total.
Today brought a tick entirely of my own and I cannot be more pleased (having imagined or more accurately day dreamed about this yesterday).
Without more ado, I present to you a Grasshopper Warbler:
Above: I have high hopes of catching more of these at this site.
Above & Below: V670807 is now a well photographed bird!
Below: Not a flattering angle to photograph a bird ... but it shows some of the plumage details nonetheless.
Below: Spotty throat.
Below: The ringing bible says this is one way to make sure this is actually a Grasshopper Warbler. The measurement of the notch to the tip of the 2nd primary should be between 8 and 11.5mm.
As you can see, this 2nd primary comes in at just over 10mm.
I think I shall be trying to ring more of these ... and sooner rather than later!