Thursday, 30 December 2010

Flintham Nuthatches

Ewan and I tried for thrushes in an orchard in Flintham on Wednesday. There had previously been masses of Fieldfare, Redwing & Blackbirds feeding feverishly on the fallen apples, and there had also been a Waxwing feeding on apples nearby on Monday. It turned out that the breaking mild weather got the better of us in this respect. However, all was not lost. I pointed out an overhead Nuthatch to Ewan, as they've only just reached Grampian in the last year. He remembered that they were supposed to come to tape; so we gave it a go. Within 30 minutes we'd caught three of them; so ringing ticks all round. New species for Jenny & Ewan and an adult tick for me. The remainder of our 35 bird catch comprised mainly Long-tailed Tits and Blackbirds.

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