Monday, 15 February 2010

Brackenhurst, Sun 14 Feb

Not quite so busy this week, in terms of both birds and people. However, we had a pleasant morning with a steady flow of birds and it was good to catch up with Jim, back from Bardsey for just a few days. At about 1100h the wind started to get up. The nets were down soon after that and by 1200h we were heading home but the rain was moving in so we'd timed things well.
We finished on 44 birds, just over half of which were Yellowhammers. However, of 23, only 4 were retraps today. Six Blackbirds was still above average and today's highlight was a Treecreeper - well done Archie (now fully branded with his early birthday present) for identifying this without hesitation, despite never seeing one in the hand before!
We also welcomed Archie's younger brother Oscar and a colleague of mine, Belinda, who came to see what on earth made me get up in the wee hours at the weekend.
Most of the usuals were seen or heard such as Great-spotted Woodpecker, Bullfinch and Marsh Tit and there were still good numbers of Fieldfares flying about, but only the odd Redwing.

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