Buzzard chick being fitted with the BTO ring
Last year we managed to ring two chicks, but this year, the adults have managed to raise three and by the cache of rats in the nest, they aren't struggling for food. Once the chicks were down on the ground, they were fitted with a BTO ring on its right leg and then passed to Steve for wing tagging. Each wing tag carries a number and the specific combination is determined through the coordination of a national programme of wing tagging.
Wing tag being fitted
Chick complete with wing tags
The combinations of tags used are:
Left: Purple '0', Right: Green '0'
Left: Purple '1', Right: Green '1'
Left: Purple '2', Right: Green '2'
It will be interesting to see over the coming months and years where 'our' Buzzards get to. We have a further two Buzzard nests that we have found and that are accessible, so we hope Steve will be able to join us and get those chicks wing-tagged too! A big thanks to Steve for coming over!