Saturday, 8 January 2011

More on Brackenhurst, Friday 31 December

Another dull, calm day with plenty of birds about. We had a decent team out, so also had five nets up in Orwins. The overcast conditions allowed us to catch four out of the five UK thrush species you might expect here. Similar numbers of Yellowhammers were caught to that of Granby the day before, except nearly a third were retraps. However, with the extra folks we managed to colour ring them all, with 30 plus birds being done. The tits had come back from their hols in Southwell or wherever, though interestingly unlike the day before nearly all the Blue Tits were un-ringed birds.

The individual species ringing totals were (new/retraps): Dunnock 2/3, Robin 1/4, Blackbird 1/0, Fieldfare 1/0, Song Thrush, Redwing 3/0, Long-tailed Tit 1/2, Blue Tit 6/19, Great Tit 4/3, Marsh Tit 0/1, Tree Sparrow 1/1, Chaffinch 9/1, Yellowhammer 29/13, Reed Bunting 0/3.

Thanks again to Ewan for the pics and for spotting the single Waxwing flying overhead!

Jim



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