Monday, 22 November 2010

Brackenhurst, Sunday 21 November

It was a blustery and surprisingly bracing morning at Brack. Birds weren't exactly falling out of the trees, but we caught enough to keep us happy and finished on 38, 27 of which were retraps - a fairly similar scenario to Granby and RCP. Great and Blue Tits made up the bulk, but we also caught Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch and Bullfinch. Of four Yellowhammers trapped, 3 were retraps and all were adults. A single Goldcrest was a new one for Andrew.

Also around were several Siskins, and although a tape lured them to within a few feet of the nets, they never actually went in. Large numbers of Fieldfares and Redwings circulated, occasionally flushed by both Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. Ian kicked a Woodcock out of Orwin's but before the nets were up and single Redpoll and Mistle Thrush flew over.

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