4th June 2009

Bird ringing demonstration at Cuskinny Nature Reserve

After studying the godwits all year today the pupils at Scoil Iosaef Naofa in Cobh went to nearby Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve to find out what is involved in ringing birds (see photos below). Bird ringing expert Pat Smiddy was on hand to show the pupils what you had to do to catch a bird for ringing. Pat used a mist net to catch some Blue Tits in woodland habitat on the reserve. It was a very successful outing. We all had a great morning and learnt a lot. Thanks to Pat and Peter.

Pat Smiddy with students looking at the "invisible" mist net. (photo © Peter Wilson)


Pat showing pupils a Blue Tit which was caught in the mist net. (photo © Jim Wilson)


Star of the show, a Blue Tit in the hand. (photo © Jim Wilson)

They may be small but Blue Tits are not afraid to bite! ( photo © Peter Wilson)


One lucky pupil gets to hold and then release a Blue Tit. ( photo © Jim Wilson)


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